Tesco Ireland Storm Emma Update, 17.50, Tuesday 27th February

Across this evening and into the early hours of tomorrow (Wednesday), the distribution teams in the Tesco depots will prepare approx. 300 deliveries including fresh produce, bread and cold weather related items such as de-icing materials, fuel and batteries to 149 stores for tomorrow.

Today (Tuesday), three times the standard level of bread deliveries were distributed via suppliers and Tesco own delivery methods to stores nationwide, including preparation for the opening of the 150th Tesco store in Malahide tomorrow. As well as the products typically sold during cold spells, we’re also seeing uplifts in some unexpected products for example Wild Bird Food is up 145 per cent as customers want to feed the birds during the cold snap.

Christine Heffernan, Corporate Affairs Director, Tesco Ireland said, “We’ve seen high levels of demand across our stores nationwide today, and our suppliers, distribution and store teams continue to work hard to ensure that that stock reaches our stores to help customers.”

All Tesco store carparks are due to be gritted this evening, with snow ploughs on standby if required. The health and safety of our customers and colleague is a key priority as the weather warnings remain in place.

We continue to encourage people to check in on elderly or vulnerable neighbours to ensure that they have sufficient essential items for the coming days. We will be working with our partner FoodCloud to organise contingency plans for the 300 community groups that we support through our surplus food donations should they have challenges in collecting food donations this week.