As members will be aware there are significant shortages of labour across many parts of the food supply chain.
As widely covered in the news media (and in last week’s weekly email update) we are faced with a significant shortage of HGV drivers which is already having a visible impact on the supply chain into both Retailers and Food Service. The extension of drivers’ hours will make a small impact, but it will not resolve the fundamental issue. However, it is not just a shortage of HGV drivers that is a cause for concern – we are hearing of many skill shortages such as engineers and indeed labour in general possibly impacting harvests and food production.
The Federation is working with a number of other trade bodies in communicating the issues and impact to Government.
We will be asking members for information and, whilst we appreciate this takes time out of your busy schedules, it is vital we get the information so we can push Government to create policy to help address these issues.
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