The Beverage Association of Britain has warned that alcoholic drinks, including wine and champagne, may be absent from store shelves in Britain next holiday season due to a shortage of truck drivers.
“This is an urgent issue for our business, and it is necessary for that [the UK] The government is taking immediate steps to help mitigate the impact of the driver shortage crisis ahead of the Christmas periodThe British Wine and Spirit Trade Association (WSTA) said in an open letter to Transport Secretary Grant Shapps.
The letter stressed that action is particularly necessary in the run-up to Christmas, “critical circulation period for [the] sectionIn the country, 54% of adults drink alcohol at least once a week, according to research by the UK Parliament.
“Drivers and vehicles are increasingly unpredictable in their arrival times, which means goods are either not ready or left waiting to be collected,The message was confirmed.
It stated that the delivery time in the sector has increased significantly in recent months, from two to three days to nearly 15 days at present. Costs have also gone up by at least 7%.
The letter was signed by 48 major British companies dealing in wine and liquor, including the British branches of major champagne companies Laurent-Perrier, Moet Hennessy and Pernod Ricard.
The group complained that shipping times are now five times longer than they were at the same time last year. The situation may cause prices to rise for consumers, if the government does not intervene.
Britain has been hit by a terrible supply chain crisis in the wake of Brexit and the COVID-19 pandemic. This has led to shipments being delayed due to demand recovering after the pandemic and a shortage of truck drivers amid tighter immigration regulations.