Walkers Crisps factory evacuated due to fire amid UK-wide shortage

The Walkers Crisps factory in Leicester was evacuated due to a fire.

Nine different fire brigades are on site after the alarm was triggered shortly before 11 a.m. today.

This was announced by a fire department spokesman Leicestershire Live No casualties have been reported, but his support vehicle is present.

Smoke can be seen rising from the roof of the building.

A Walkers spokesman said: “Our location on Bursom Road in Leicester was safely evacuated this morning due to a fire on the roof of the building.

“The fire is now under control and the fire brigade remains on site as a precaution.

Walkers said it was working “around the clock to get back up to capacity” amid a national shortage of some Walkers products.

The snack giant struggled to make enough snacks to meet customer demand due to technical issues following a major IT upgrade.

A spokeswoman confirmed that multipacks of cheese and onion chips, ready-baked, salted, quavers, wotsits and french fries were affected.

In September, PepsiCo announced that it had completed a £ 14 million upgrade to its southern region distribution center in Beaumont Leys – its largest UK distribution facility – including “state-of-the-art equipment and technology” to increase storage capacity at the warehouse site by 29 percent.

There are live updates on the factory fire Here.


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