Following on from the HM Treasury Round Table consultation we attended last month with Iceland and McCain from membership we have now submitted our response to the treasury before the deadline (30th September).
We made the case that at the moment, technology for other forms of refrigeration on large vehicles does not exist and the industry would need more time to implement this. We have stated that the knock on effect of removing rebated fuel from April 2022 would add significant costs to the supply chain, this for those that have kept our supermarket shelves stocked throughout the Covid pandemic and are facing additional challenges with Brexit. We have raised the point that while the farms retain the entitlement to rebated fuel those who bring it to the fork do not. Finally, that the Frozen industry is instrumental in reducing food waste which should not be overlooked.
Further to the above we joined the Cold Chain Federation in writing to the Chancellor, Rishi Sunak. The letter re-enforced our position that more time is needed for the change and that more Government investment is required.