Haribo warns it is struggling to deliver to shops in the UK because of lack of ...

Haribo warns it is struggling to deliver to shops in the UK because of lack of ...
Haribo warns it is struggling to deliver to shops in the UK because of lack of ...

Haribo has warned that the lorry driver shortage has left it struggling to deliver its much-loved sweets to UK shops.   

Popular items like jelly babies, gummy bears and mini-fried eggs could all be affected with the German firm the latest to be hit by supply chain issues. 

A Haribo spokesperson said that it was 'experiencing challenges' that were hampering supplies, like many other manufacturers and retailers.

It comes after a driver shortage triggered calls for the Army to be on standby to deliver food to convenience stores, pubs, restaurants and care homes.

The Federation of Wholesale Distributors (FWD) says the situation has reached crisis point, leading to bare shelves and a risk of empty plates.  

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A Haribo spokesperson said that it was 'experiencing challenges' that were hampering supplies, like many other manufacturers and retailers

A Haribo spokesperson said that it was 'experiencing challenges' that were hampering supplies, like many other manufacturers and retailers

The Road Haulage Association believes there is a shortfall of about 70,000 drivers.

It also believes that around 30,000 HGV driving tests did not take place last year because of the pandemic.

Experts also say that the double impact from Brexit and the Covid-19 pandemic has sparked disruption to the chilled food supply chain.

Haribo is the latest to fall victim to the shortage, with the company being reportedly forced to cancel planned promotions on its share bags.

A spokesperson said: 'As is the case with many manufacturers and retailers throughout the country, we are experiencing challenges with regards to the nationwide driver shortage.

'We are working with partners across the food and drink industry to address and respond to this problem.'

The firm has told wholesale and retail customers it had a number of problems in the supply chain and was 'working flat out to manage the situation', according to trade paper the Grocer.

The lack of lorry drivers has led to fears of a shortage in a range of products, with the pandemic and Brexit being blamed. 

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Typically, 72,000 candidates train to become HGV drivers, with 40,000 passing. But only 15,000 were able to complete training last year, the Road Haulage Association said.

The RHA has written to Prime Minister Boris Johnson warning many drivers also returned to their country of origin during extended periods of lockdown and restricted travel, with the vast majority not returning.

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