Food and drink sector output fell at the fastest pace in eight months as staff shortages, driven partly by large numbers of workers self-isolating, restricted production capacity, according to Lloyds Bank UK Recovery Tracker.
Simtom Food Products Limited, the family-owned ethnic condiments manufacturer, has entered administration citing the impact of the pandemic and labour shortages, after making most of its 60-strong permanent workforce redundant.
The food industry faces three immediate trends offering pitfalls and opportunities, according to Caroline Milton, head of manufacturing at Menzies, headline sponsor of the Food Manufacture Excellence Awards in this videocast.
Members of the dairy industry continue to pressure the Government to prevent further damage to the industry caused by the shortage of heavy good vehicle (HGV) drivers, as the driver crisis threatens Arla’s milk supply.
The labour shortage experienced across the food and drink supply chain will only get worse, unless the Government steps in now to prevent serious damage, according to members of the food and drink industry.