Wednesday, December 1

Britons have less choice in terms of food and alcohol

Due to a lack of truck drivers, people in Great Britain have to prepare for fewer food and alcoholic beverages at Christmas time. “The truck driver shortage has already left a few gaps on the shelves and the situation could get worse in the run-up to Christmas,” said Andrew Opie of the British Retail Consortium (BRC) yesterday. Retailers would give preference to groceries and other traditional Christmas products.

It currently takes two to three days to get fresh food from the ports to the supermarkets, said the head of the Cold Chain Federation, Shane Brennan. Delivery on the same day or the next day at the latest is normal. For frozen food, this range has grown from two to three to five to six days.

Around 100,000 drivers are missing

The industry association of alcohol producers Wine & Spirit Association (WSTA) reported that some members now needed 15 instead of two to three days to complete orders.

Great Britain has long been desperately looking for truck drivers. According to the Road Haulage Association, up to 100,000 drivers are missing.

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