Britain’s biggest supermarket Tesco will prevent customers from bulk-buying flour, pasta, toilet roll and anti-bacterial wipes to prevent a re-run of the COVID-19 stockpiling that stripped shelves bare earlier this year.
British customers stocked up on long-life goods in March as the country entered a national lockdown, forcing many people to queue for hours or drive further than normal to find goods such as toilet roll, tinned fruit and rice.
Other suppliers such as consumer goods giant Procter & Gamble and Reckitt Benckiser have said they are well prepared.
Earlier this week the bosses of both Tesco and Aldi, Britain’s fifth largest player, said supplies were plentiful but called on shoppers to only buy what they need.
“We just don’t want to see a return to unnecessary panic buying because that creates a tension in the supply chain that’s not necessary,” said Tesco Chief Executive Dave Lewis.