I think at this stage we have to accept that panic buying is a fact of our current life. We are seeming though to be heeding to the Government and Supermarkets requests and just purchase what we need. It does still goes on, no matter what we are asked to do, we’ve seen incredible pictures coming out over the weekend of queues of people waiting outside supermarkets at 7am.

SOUTH WALES LIFE have done some spot checks today and some supermarket had deliveries of fruit and veg and were restocking the shelves as quickly as they could. But we’ve been doing a little digging and wondered what we are grabbing from the shelves, seemingly for the hell of it. We are a strange lot us humans.

Panic buying has left supermarkets and other stores void of a number of key items and in need of restocking as it looks to cope with consumer demand during the coronavirus outbreak. Understandably, painkillers, toilet paper, soap, washing powder and non-perishable food have regularly been out of stock, a number of other strange items seem to be going too as we fill our cupboards for a stay at home for the next few weeks.

Supermarket industry sources said trading in the last week had been strong, with daily levels of up to 70 per cent of those typically seen on days in the run-up to Christmas, the busiest time of the year.

‘People aren’t buying everything and expecting the world to end, what they’re doing is taking a very considered view, which is “what are the things with long life that I can hold: pasta, UHT milk, frozen and I’m going to buy 20-40 per cent more of those categories. So the cumulative effect is it will put the factories, the depots and the shops under pressure in terms of replenishment.’

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Tesco company chairman, John Allan, was reacting after images on social media showed empty shelves across the UK supermarket sector. He said that the panic buying has not threatened their supply chain and they were confident they could overcome the short-term shortages. He said…….

‘There’s plenty of product in the supply chain, there’s plenty of food at Tesco and other supermarkets, and I don’t think anybody needs to panic buy. We, and I’m sure our competitors, are re-filling our supply chains as rapidly as ever we can.’

Mr Allan said it was unlikely Tesco, which has a 27.2 per cent UK grocery market share, would experience anything more than ‘very short term, temporary’ shortages of certain products.

So here are the Top Ten strange items that we can’t seem to get enough of, for whatever bizarre reason that may be. The number one at the bottom of our list will surprise you the most.

OLIVE OIL

Which either implies we are planning on cooking a lot for the next while or there is some medicinal we haven’t yet heard about. Just a reminder people, our restaurants and take aways are relying on us to help them out over this crisis.

TONIC WATER

We have a theory about this one but drinking your G&T is not the way to get through this crisis.

TINNED TUNA

We heard people at the weekend say (this is true by the way), I ****** hate tuna but I’d better get some in the cupboards. Thoughts of ‘only buy what you’d usually buy’ rang round our heads when we heard them.

FLOUR

OK, so you’d think we may not be able to buy bread (but we can) so we’re stocking up on flour, by the shed load seemingly.

BRISKET & BEEF SKIRT

Specific I know but when we asked what was selling out in meat, that was the reply. Skirt is long and flat is all about the taste rather than tenderness. Brisket is a cut of meat from the breast or lower chest and is one of those low and slow cuts.

LONG LIFE MILK

Nothing particularly unusual in that, we could be in for a while so it’s a useful thing to have. What is happening though, people are turning to other alternatives and those supplies appear to be going out the door faster than usual. There seemed to be loads of fresh milk around when we checked and most of it has a week long fridge life (and you can freeze regular milk).

LENTILS

My Nana would have been right at the front of the queue for this one. There wasn’t a week that passed without her cracking open a pack or two, and dried peas, she was obsessed with the things.

BAKING SODA

We though t this must have something to do with the flour and baking, seems obvious. Apparently not. Baking Soda can also be used for cleaning, for personal hygiene, and for medicinal purposes. It is almost impossible to produce it at home. It is inexpensive to purchase and may prove invaluable in the future.

SUGAR

While there is plenty of the stuff, the amount we witnessed heading out the doors was truly excessive. We know more tea bags and coffee have been sold and we’ve already touched on the milk thing, it seems sugar is one of the must have items too.

HAIRSPRAY

Here we are, top of our list, it’s Hairspray, the Hair Spray not the Michael ball Musical. Seriously, it is flying off the shelves like you wouldn’t believe. At least we’ll all look amazing when we – stay in.

And if you are looking for a jar of Branston Pickle, thinking it is another victim of the panic. buying, think again. Millions of Branston pickle jars have recently been recalled after fears of plastic being in the product, following a possible manufacturing error.

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