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Covid Comes Back to Hit U.K. Supply Chains as Staff Isolate

  • Supermarkets and food producers resort to temporary staff
  • Government will publish list of industries with key workers
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British food producers, retailers and pub chains are sounding the alarm after a surge in coronavirus cases removed employees from the workforce as people comply with rules on isolation.

Supermarket chain Iceland is aiming to hire 2,000 temporary workers to mitigate others being told to stay at home because of coming into contact with an infected person. Nestle SA, the maker of Kit-Kats, said it’s adjusting production planning. Mondelez International Inc., the owner of Cadbury chocolate, is resorting to overtime and agency staff, a spokesman said.