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UK food shortages 'inevitable' as farms are under-staffed due to Brexit & Covid

Buckle up for more food shortages across the country

6w ago
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As Brexit and COVID-19 have taken a big hit on the UK, it is no surprise many businesses have been struggling as a consequence.

One of the biggest issues is to do with farming, more specifically delivery drivers, strawberry pickers and the like.

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Over the past couple of years, demand for certain items has been so high that the country simply hasn't been able to keep up. Another problem has been to do with COVID, which has hindered the circulation of products around the world. One issue happening today is the global shortage of tinned tomatoes.

However, it doesn't look like this is the end, especially this summer as staff will be wanting to use their built-up leave.

Shane Brennan, CEO of the Cold Chain Federation, said: "Everywhere you look in a supply chain there are problems. Food already isn’t being replenished into supermarkets quick enough and it’s not just because of logistics but a lack of production."

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In addition to this, the British Meat Processors Association said just last week that production capacity was down 10% due to there simply not being enough people able to work.

There is an incredibly high demand for staff in all food sectors at the moment, so expect to see less of some items in supermarkets this summer, and to not be disappointed if it happens.

Can Clarkson's farm save the UK?

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Comments (6)

  • Happens all over the world. I told people already after the first world wide lock down, however nobody listened. Now we begin paying the price. Of course as always the people with less suffer enormously compared with the people who have everything

      1 month ago
  • Funny, you should mention that! We have similar problems here, in Australia. Not with Brexit, of course, but with COVID. Our farmers rely heavily on backpackers and seasonal workers from Pacific Islands. Our imbecile politicians haven't thought about it when they locked our borders, have they? And now that pathetic lot is trying to come up with solution!

      1 month ago
  • Clarkson should go ahead and just grow the total UK food supply, he could probably fix the tomato issue

      1 month ago
  • What happened to the teenagers who used to line up for summer jobs fruit picking.... it used to be great fun and in an English summer you got a bit of time off for rain too.

      1 month ago
  • Unlikely, does he know what a cow is? Other than a milk machine 🤣

      1 month ago
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