Experts warn that the UK could experience a Christmas tree shortage this year – thanks to the ongoing disruption in the supply chain
Brexit and the pandemic have already resulted in a shortage of everything from bread, beer and carbonated drinks to meat and dairy products in shops, pubs and restaurants this year.
There have been warnings that pubs may run out of alcohol, pumpkins may not be ready for Halloween, and everything from toys to pigs in blankets may run short this Christmas.
Now experts are saying that we may even have trouble getting our hands on Christmas trees.
The problems are caused by a number of factors – including a massive shortage of truck drivers since Brexit and global disruption from the Covid pandemic.
Ben Wightman, analyst at Christmas tree world said: “Brexit looks like it could be the real Ebenezer Scrooge of Christmas. There were rumors of a shortage of food and toys before Christmas, mainly due to logistical issues at the borders.
“Last year there was a problem with mink culling in Denmark, which means that there may be a shortage of trees that are being imported into the UK. which would lead to a massive increase in the demand for artificial trees.
“It is very early to predict whether we could find ourselves in a situation similar to last year, but the first signs do not look too hopeful.
“Lockdowns around the world continue to affect logistics here in the UK. We are in a fortunate position, we have already invested in new storage space this year so that we can stock up well ahead of demand, but we generally expect many delivery disruptions for dealers and customers at Christmas. “
Top tips to avoid disappointment this Christmas:
Ben said, “By talking about food and toy shortages, parents should make sure they avoid disappointment as we prepare for the holidays. Here are some top tips to ensure you don’t avoid disappointment this Christmas. “
1. Be prepared.
Make sure you know what to buy and when, and come up with a plan. It is important that you are aware of the financial constraints that Christmas can bring and the distribution of the payment results in a reduced financial burden.
2. Buy early.
For many, it’s far too early to talk about Christmas, but rumors of food and toy shortages can never be prepared enough. Get hold of yourself early enough when you can get hold of groceries and freeze it, even better. With toys, however, you will find it difficult to hide them from your children.
3. Remember what is most important.
Last year we had the other Christmas that we couldn’t get together in a large group and make the most of the festivities. Also this year, if the circumstances allow, we can meet again and celebrate the best time of the year together. That is the most important thing to celebrate with loved ones. “