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The UK’s food and farming sector has written to the Prime Minister asking him to implement as a matter of urgency a Covid-19 Recovery Visa to alleviate crippling labour shortages across the supply chain.
After meeting with trade bodies across the food and drink industry, the government has said it will intervene in the current CO2 shortages.
Ian Wright, chief executive of the Food and Drink Federation (FDF) has written to the government, warning that the food supply chain is “now seriously compromised by the disruptions in the supply of CO2.”
The government has announced that folic acid will be added to British flour to help stop 200 birth defects a year.
Ranjit Singh Boparan, CEO of Bernard Matthews, has warned that the crisis ‘could ruin Christmas’ unless the government intervenes.
The company said it was taking a series of measures to ensure their Christmas stock arrives in the UK on time.
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Ian Wright, CEO of the Food and Drink Federation, has said the days of limitless food choice in supermarkets or restaurants are “over”.
The supermarket chain said that they were expecting “some industry-wide retail price inflation” during the second half of the year, driven by factors including the current shortage of HGV drivers.
Director of the British Retail Consortium (BRC), Andrew Opie warns that if the current labour shortages are not taken seriously “retailers will end up offshoring production.”
Figures from the FDF show that while food and drink exports are recovering in non-EU markets, overall sales of UK products are below pre-Covid levels.
Organisations across Scotland’s food and drink industry have urged the UK and Scottish governments to tackle the labour crisis before the festive season.
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