McDonald’s runs out of milkshakes and bottled drinks in all UK restaurants

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McDonald's has run out of milkshakes and bottled drinks in all its UK restaurants due to "supply chain issues".

The fast food chain apologised to its consumers and said staff are "working hard to return these items to the menu as soon as possible".

It told the Independent: "Like most retailers, we are currently experiencing some supply chain issues, impacting the availability of a small number of products.

"Bottled drinks and milkshakes are temporarily unavailable in restaurants across England, Scotland and Wales.

"We apologise for any inconvenience, and thank our customers for their continued patience."

The shortage at McDonald's comes after Nando's last week was forced to shut 45 restaurants as it did not have enough chicken.

It blamed staffing shortages at suppliers and a lack of lorry drivers. It seconded around 70 staff to suppliers to help with the issues.

McDonald's has stopped serving milkshakes Credit: Nick Ansell/PA

Fast food chain KFC also warned it had to slim down its menu options due to supply issues.

The UK is dealing with a supply chain crisis amid a shortage of lorry drivers due to post-Brexit EU immigration rules. And staffing at suppliers have been impacted by Covid-19 restrictions and self-isolation rules.

Supermarket shelves have also been affected in recent weeks.

Business groups representing the retail and transport sectors have been calling for the government to review plans not to grant temporary work visas to drivers from the EU.