According to figures by the Agriculture and Horticulture Development Board (AHDB), the ongoing labour shortages have had a knock-on effect on the rate of slaughterings and the price of carcase weights.
An open letter from Scotland’s food and drink industry to the Scottish and UK governments requests urgent action to tackle staff shortfalls ahead of the crucial Christmas season.
The UK food and drink sector has set out recommendations in a new report, asking the government for a 12-month Covid-19 Recovery Visa to help alleviate the current workforce shortages across the food supply chain.
Richard Walker, managing director of Iceland, warned that further disruptions to the food supply chain could lead to bigger stock problems months along the line.
Covid-19 is among a list of factors that have impacted red meat exports during the first half of 2021, according to data analysed by HCC.
Logistics UK and the British Retail Consortium (BRC) have called on the government to review current policy on HGV drivers, to tackle the driver shortages across the food supply chain.