Food and Drink Federation chief Ian Wright said the country won’t run out of food, but the days of shoppers knowing they can get whatever they like at the supermarket are gone forever
Britain is “now in for permanent shortages” of popular food and drink items on the shelves, an industry chief declared today.
Ian Wright, outgoing chief executive of the Food and Drink Federation, warned supply issues that have hit supermarkets, Nando’s and McDonald’s are “going to get worse” as the labour market changes permanently after Covid.
Mr Wright emphasised “these shortages don’t mean you’re going to run out of food”.
But he warned incidents like no bottled water being available in the whole of eastern England could become more common.
He added: “The UK shopper could have previously expected just about every product they want to be on shelf or in the restaurant all the time.
“That’s over and I don’t think it’s coming back.”
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