Sainsbury’s And The Great Houmous Disaster Of 2017

Your favourite dip was removed from the shelves and oh, the drama

Sainsbury’s Houmous Disaster Shortage

by Jazmin Kopotsha |
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It’s been a trying year so far. 2017 is the year that courgettes were legitimately one of the most sought after products in the UK, iceberg lettuces were being rationed and the great pineapple pizza debate once again became an acceptable topic of conversation. Poor us.

And just when we thought it was safe to venture into our local supermarkets without fear of having to wrestle the last aubergine from the old lady who lives at number 54 because, I will have Parmigiana tonight, dammit, there’s another travesty in our midst. This time though, it’s over in the chilled aisle.

Try to remain calm, but Sainsbury’s have withdrawn houmous from the shelves. ‘Noooo! Not the houmous’, I hear you cry. ‘Whatever did the houmous do to deserve such treatment? What did I do to deserve this? How ever will I entertain my chums with nothing but lowly guacamole and half a tub of tzatziki?’ Well, you’ll simply have to make do I’m afraid. Disaster, I know.

Over the last couple of days, a wave of despair spread its way across Twitter as people up and down the country woke up to the realisation that their four o’clock smug snack of choice was no more and their pre-prepped crudités would be waiting a while to be dunked in blended chickpea.

Before you jump to throw your 140 characters into the game though, don't worry. We've been assured that we can expect houmous to be restored to the shelves on Thursday. As for why it was withdrawn in the first place, however, a Sainsbury’s spokesperson said: ‘We’ve temporarily removed a number of houmous lines from sale due to a production issue at our supplier. We expect to be fully stocked within a couple of days and are sorry for any inconvenience this may cause’.

A number of Twitter users have complained of there being a weird 'metallic' taste to their houmous in the weeks prior to this, the Great Houmous Disaster Of 2017, but we can't say whether or not this is why it had all been withdrawn. The Telegraph reported that supermarkets including Sainsbury's, Tesco and Marks & Spencers have admitted to there being a 'taste issue' though. So you wouldn't be blamed for bursting into tears, cursing your carrots and assuming that this houmous problem extends beyond the bounds of your Sainsbury's Local.

One Sainsbury’s store did anticipate the rage, turmoil and impatience houmous lovers having to go without houmous are experiencing right now though. These guys directed their customers to where in store they could find the ingredients they'd need to make some houmous themselves and lol, fair play Sainsbury's.

I don't know about you but I'm anticipating a huge rise in the sale of food processors.

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This article originally appeared on The Debrief.

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