UK faces Haribo sweets shortage due to transport issues

A shortage of lorry drivers is delaying deliveries of Haribo sweets to the UK. The German company that makes the popular confectionary has said that like many other manufacturers and retailers, it was “experiencing challenges” that were hampering supplies. Lorry driver shortage warning. There had already been a warning that a lorry driver crisis caused by Brexit and the coronavirus pandemic could leave some supermarket shelves in Britain empty this summer.

In a letter sent to Boris Johnson on June 23, the industry called for his intervention to allow access to European labour, asking the Prime Minister to introduce temporary worker visas for HGV drivers, adding them to a “shortage occupation list”. : Skeletons found metres away from popular Pembrokeshire beach The problems with Haribo sweets is affecting all their ranges, including Goldbears and Tangfastics.

Haribo said it was “working with partners across the food and drink industry” to address the problem. The Road Haulage Association believes there is currently a shortfall of about 60,000 drivers. It estimates that some 30,000 HGV driving tests did not take place last year because of the Covid pandemic.

Richard Burnett, the chief executive of the Road Haulage Association, which coordinated the letter to Boris Johnson, said: “Supermarkets are already reporting that they are not receiving their expected food stocks and, as a result, there is considerable wastage.”

However, a government spokesman said that with the country’s new post-Brexit immigration system, the industry should look to hire local workers instead.

It also said it was well aware of the shortage, but that progress was being made with regard to HGV driving tests and recruitment.