UK facing supermarket food shortages and empty shelves

Future food shortages at supermarkets could be ‘inevitable’ according to industry experts.

It has been claimed staff shortages across low-paying sectors including harvesting, manufacturing, and in particular a chronic lack of drivers, would mean less food on the shelves.

Shane Brennan, CEO of the Cold Chain Federation told the Guardian: “The real crisis for food supplies starts now.”

He said that while he was typically wary of empty shelf warnings, “this time definitely feels different”.

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The start of lockdown saw many stores and supermarkets struggling to fill shelves as a combination of stockpiling and more people staying at home unbalanced the finely-tuned logistics big businesses rely on.

Combined with a shortage in staff for the meat industry and the fruit packaging industry as well as pubs and restaurants starting to reopen, many are concerned about the future.


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