Truck driver shortage keeps Haribo sweets from UK supermarkets
Candy giant Haribo has revealed it is struggling to get inventory to stores across the UK due to a shortage of truck drivers.
The German confectionery company, responsible for Starmix and Tangfastics, said: “As is the case with many manufacturers and retailers across the country, we are facing challenges with regards to driver shortages across the country. national.
“We are working with partners in the food industry to address and respond to this problem. “
Retailers and suppliers are struggling to find enough transport drivers in the UK, with experts warning that a “perfect storm” is brewing due to several factors affecting the industry.
The Road Haulage Association (RHA) estimates that there are currently around 60,000 drivers missing due to around 30,000 heavy truck driving tests that were not held last year due to the pandemic.
Typically, 72,000 candidates are trained to become truck drivers, with 40,000 successful.
But only 15,000 were able to complete the training last year, the organization said.
The RHA wrote to Prime Minister Boris Johnson to warn that many drivers have also returned to their home countries during long periods of lockdowns and travel restrictions, with the vast majority not returning.
He was also questioned on the matter during the Prime Minister’s Questions on Wednesday this week.
Brexit is also playing a role in the shortage, according to the RHA, with many drivers unaware of their rights to work in the UK.
Retailers have been complaining about the issues for months, with Tesco and Currys PC World acknowledging the impact.
Andrew Opie, Director of Food and Sustainability at the British Retail Consortium, recently said: “Retailers are aware of a decline in the number of heavy truck drivers, causing minor disruption to some supply chains.
“Supermarkets work closely with their suppliers to ensure that consumers always have access to the same wide selection of products.
“The government must quickly increase the number of heavy-duty test drives while seeking a longer-term solution to this problem. “