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U.K. Faces ‘Permanent’ Gaps in Food Supply, Industry Chief Warns

  • Food and Drink Federation boss comments on labor shortages
  • 10 Downing Street says food supply chain is ‘highly resilient’

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The U.K. faces “permanent shortages” of popular food and drink items due to a labor shortfall, according to an industry chief.

A lack of workers in the food supply chain, in part caused by Brexit and the coronavirus pandemic, means Britons can no longer expect to find whatever they want on supermarket shelves or in restaurants, said Ian Wright, head of the Food and Drink Federation.