Sweets giant Haribo has revealed that it is struggling to keep inventory in stores across the UK due to a shortage of truck drivers.
The German confectionery business, responsible for Starmix and Tangfastics, said: “Like many manufacturers and retailers across the country, there are challenges with a national driver shortage.
“We are working with partners throughout the food and beverage industry to address and address this issue.”
Retailers and suppliers are struggling to find enough hauling drivers in the UK, and experts warn that the “worst case” is occurring due to several factors hitting the sector. I am.
The Road Haulage Association (RHA) believes that there is currently a shortage of about 60,000 drivers due to the approximately 30,000 HGV driving test that was not conducted last year due to a pandemic.
Typically, 72,000 candidates are trained to become HGV drivers and 40,000 pass. But last year, the organization said it was able to complete training for only 15,000 people.
RHA wrote to Prime Minister Boris Johnson, warning that many drivers returned to their country of origin during a long blockade and restricted travel, but the majority did not.
He was also quized on this issue in a question from the Prime Minister this Wednesday.
According to RHA, Brexit has also contributed to the shortage and many drivers are not convinced of their right to work in the UK.
Retailers have been complaining about the issue for months, including Tesco and Currys PC World acknowledging the impact.
Andrew Opy, Director of Food and Sustainability at the British Retail Consortium, recently said:
“Supermarkets work closely with suppliers to ensure that consumers continue to have access to the same wide selection of products.
“The government needs to rapidly increase the number of HGV driving test conducted while seeking a longer-term solution to this problem.”