Are you worried about the Permanent Food Shortages? The FDF (Food and Drink Federation) in the UK recently warned about supply shortages in the food industry that could make it difficult for people to find the products they are used to buying.
Why is this?
Unfortunately, there are many labor shortages across the UK.
Ian Wright, FDF boss, said at the Institute for Government this past Friday that, “The just-in-time system is no longer working, and I don’t think it’ll work again.”
He also warned residents of the UK that there would be permanent food shortages.
He did stress, however, that the country would not run out of food shortly.
To go against Wright’s claims, a government spokesperson said that the food shortages were not receiving government recognition.
“The UK has a highly resilient food supply chain which has coped well in responding to unprecedented challenges,” said this government spokesperson.
“We are taking steps to support businesses tackle a range of issues, from the pandemic to a Europe-wide shortage of HGV drivers.”
This spokesperson added that they would be expanding the Seasonal Workers program, creating 30,000 visas for foreign workers who wanted to come into the UK for a six-month or less gig. He also noted that they would be crafting new measures to combat the shortage of HGV drivers.
Overall, these measures will help expedite the license application process for potential drivers.
The Food and Drink Federation (FDF) represents over 800 food and drink companies in the United States today.
“The UK shopper and consumer could have previously expected just about any product they want to be on the [supermarket] shelf or in the restaurant all the time, said Mr. Wright. “That’s over. And I don’t think it’s coming back.”
The sector is now attempting to adjust and adapt as the structures of the labor market change. Mr. Wright noted that many firms now have to prioritize certain products over others, creating hard decisions for bosses in this industry.
“Last week, the whole of the East of England was unsupplied with bottled water because it was just not possible for the businesses that move that stuff around to supply that and everything else,” he explained.
“So businesses decided to prioritize products with a higher margin.”
The shortage is a product of a “combination of factors,” according to Mr. Wright. Supply chain issues will continue to get worse. He added that “it’s not going to get better after getting worse any time soon.”
Several food companies, including restaurants, pubs, and supermarkets, are blaming the supply chain problems on the lack of HGV drivers.
People also believe that EU workers leaving the UK after the Brexit deal and the pandemic is one of the big reasons for driver shortages. With additional taxes, drivers have become more expensive to work in the UK vs. the EU.
Plus, since the pandemic, thousands of people have pivoted to online retail sectors.
“It’s almost certainly the case that one of the main drivers in the lorry driver shortage that we’re facing is that qualified HGV drivers have gone into being distribution drivers for Tesco and Amazon because they’re nicer jobs, they don’t require you to get up at 4 am, and they’re better paid,” he said.
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