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Eggs shortage impacts Wetherspoons – with breakfast alternatives now being offered

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Pub chain Wetherspoons has announced it is running short of eggs.

Breakfast punters in the borough may now face an alternative of hash browns, sausage or onion rings on their plate due to ‘temporary supply issues’ caused by avian flu.

The chain operates pubs in Arnold, Carlton and Mapperley.

Wetherspoons spokesman Eddie Gershon told The Sun : “We can confirm that there are temporary issues with egg supplies at some Wetherspoon pubs, due to the current impact of Avian flu on egg production.

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“We are experiencing issues in receiving all the supplies we require to satisfy demand in every pub. This is not specific to Wetherspoon and other hospitality operators and supermarkets are facing similar issues.”

Major supermarkets are said to be undertaking urgent talks on how to manage the egg crisis.

The shortage of eggs has been partly caused by another outbreak of avian flu but also a delayed knock-on impact from millions of birds dying during the summer’s heatwave. Many birds reportedly died from heat exhaustion as summer temperatures reached record highs in Britain.

Farmers are leaving the industry in their droves as rising costs stifle their ability to make profit from farms and small holds. This means fewer hens are laying eggs than ever before.

During the Eat Out to Help Out scheme back in August 2020 to counter the economic impacts of the Covid-19 pandemic, the chain ran out of ketchup. And supply chain issues last year also meant that some Wetherspoons pubs ran out of booze.

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