Shoppers face Christmas prosecco and wine shortage due to lack of lorry drivers

Due to the continuing shortage of truck drivers, there is a shortage of prosecco and wine among Christmas shoppers.

A leading UK wine company has warned of empty shelves and rising costs that will continue into the Christmas season.

Robert Foye, CEO of Accolade, which includes brands like Hardys, Echo Falls and Banrock Station, told the BBC there could be delivery problems ahead of the big day.

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It is because a number of shops and businesses across Wales have already seen empty shelves and a shortage of community goods. Brexit and Covid-19 have both been blamed as some of the reasons for the scarcity.

Mr. Foye said the BBC : “These bottlenecks could definitely have an impact on Christmas.

Mr Foye also warned that shortages could drive costs up. He said, “The only way to mitigate this is by working very closely with our trucking and haulage suppliers and our customers. We have done some of it and are doing well so far, but ultimately the costs will go up.”

Australia’s Accolade, the UK’s largest wine company and the fifth largest in the world, delivers 35 million cases to 143 countries each year. Their brands include the popular Hardys, Echo Falls, Kumala, Banrock Station, and Stowells.

“There is definitely a shortage of staff and there is a whole new group of people that need training, from truck drivers to restaurant staff,” added Mr Foye.

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The scarcity crisis started with a shortage of chicken at Nando, then milkshakes were off the menu at McDonalds, and the co-op boss previously said the current food shortage was the worst he had ever seen.

The British Retail Consortium and the freight trading group Logistics UK have written to UK Government Secretary Kwasi Kwarteng warning of the shortage of 90,000 truckers.

In August, the group said that “increasingly unsustainable pressure” had been placed on retailers and suppliers, adding: “While there was a shortage of truck drivers prior to the Covid-19 pandemic and Brexit, these two events did Situation worsened. “

They are calling for a review of plans not to issue temporary work visas to EU drivers.

The DVSA said it had hired 40 new inspectors to train more drivers to address a severe shortage of truck drivers. The British government has announced that it will launch longer commercial vehicles on the market from next year.

Chris Yarsley, Wales Policy Manager for Logistics UK, warned of a “perfect storm”. He told BBC Radio Wales: “There has always been a labor shortage in the logistics sector, but it has always been managed. But for the past 18 months we have had the combination of leaving the European Union and the pandemic. You made it. ”Deficiency in a crisis.

“Many EU workers have returned to their countries because of the pandemic and all methods of getting more new drivers into the system are closed. It’s a perfect storm of crisis. “

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