Food retailers assuage consumer fears amid coronavirus panic-buying

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A group of British food retailers have attempted to assuage consumer fears around coronavirus and stem the tide of panic-buying.

In a joint letter penned by major retailers including Tesco, Asda, Iceland, Aldi and Ocado, among others, consumers have been urged to “be considerate in the way they shop” as panic-buying continues to leave empty shelves in stores.

In the letter, which was published in national newspapers on Sunday and Monday (15 & 16 March), retailers said they are “working closely with the Government and our suppliers to keep moving quickly through the system and making more deliveries to our stores to ensure our shelves are stocked”.

Speaking on behalf of the retailers, Helen Dickinson, Chief Executive of the British Retail Consortium, who coordinated the letter, said: “Retailers are working incredibly hard to keep shops well stocked and deliveries running as smoothly as possible.

“In the face of unprecedented demand as a result of coronavirus, food retailers have come together to ask their customers to support each other to make sure everyone can get access to the products they need.”