The head of the country’s largest wine company has warned buyers to prepare for higher prices and empty shelves this Christmas.
A nationwide shortage of truck drivers could affect what is available in shops and supermarkets in the run-up to Christmas – and suppliers are struggling to cope with delivery demand.
Robert Foye, who runs the UK wine company Accolade, told the BBC: “These shortages could definitely affect Christmas in the UK.”
The company owns popular brands like Hardys, Echo Falls, Kumala, Banrock Station and Stowells, the Metro reports.
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The Road Haulage Association (RHA) estimates that the UK is missing around 100,000 drivers.
Andrew Opie, Director of Food and Sustainability for the British Retail Consortium (BRC) added: “Christmas will be an incredible challenge in some areas.”
But he added that it is “too early to predict that we will have problems this Christmas”.
“Our members we speak to don’t expect any major problems for Christmas right now,” he told the UK Trade and Business Commission, a group of MPs and business representatives.
“But they also say it’s so challenging right now that it’s really difficult to stay afloat and to maximize the critical time before Christmas, which is crucial for many businesses.
“So we are not saying that we are expecting major problems at Christmas, but I can only tell you where we are now and if we see problems it will affect the products.” On the shelf. “
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