Saturday, September 25, 2021

Supply chain problems in the UK lead to a lack of beer in bars

Supply chain issues that have plagued some retailers in recent weeks are now leaving some British pubs short of beer.

Bar chain JD Wetherspoon apologized after its supply of Carling and Coors was affected by national supply problems.

The company did not provide more details on the supply issue, but it is understood that this is directly related to the shortage of heavy goods vehicle (HGV) drivers.

Wetherspoon spokesperson Eddie Gershon said: “We have encountered some supply issues with Carling and Coors, which means that some bars have no products available.”

“For any inconvenience caused by this, we apologize to our customers. We know that the brewer is working hard to solve this problem.”

Wetherspoon founder and chairman Tim Martin has been a passionate supporter of Brexit. Earlier this year, he denied reports that his bar was affected by Brexit-related staff shortages.

According to the transportation industry, there is a shortage of about 90,000 truck drivers.

The government rejected calls to fill the shortage of foreign drivers by adding HGV drivers to the list of skilled workers.

Industry organizations have stated that the training of new drivers takes months, and there is a backlog of 40,000 missed HGV tests.

The government has promised to speed up the testing process.

A survey conducted by KPMG on September 1 found that nearly two-thirds of UK chief executives saw their supply chains under pressure during the pandemic.

At the same time, other data suggests that as food prices continue to fall, the pressure on the supply chain may begin to be passed on to consumers.

The British Retail Consortium (BRC) warned that prices are about to rise.

BRC CEO Helen Dickinson said: “Although it is good news that overall retail prices have fallen year-on-year, prices have increased slightly from the previous month.

“There are some mild signs that rising costs are beginning to seep into product prices.”

She said food retailers are struggling to keep prices down, but are under pressure from “rising commodity and transportation costs and the red tape associated with Brexit”.

“So far, interference has been limited, but on Christmas Eve, the situation may get worse, and customers may see a reduction in their favorite products and gifts, and prices increase.”

Retailers began to provide incentives to attract drivers. Tesco has been offering truck drivers a £1,000 ($1,370) franchise bonus.

Both Morrison and the cooperative said they will retrain their employees to become truck drivers.

Due to labor shortages in various industries, other high-street brands such as McDonald’s, Nandos and Subway have also encountered supply problems in the past few days.

PA contributed to this report.

Simon Wiese

Freelance journalist

Simon Veazey is a British journalist who has been reporting various beats for The Epoch Times since 2006, from in-depth coverage of British and European politics to web-based breaking news writing.


This News Originally From – The Epoch Times

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