UK – British food and drink exports saw record growth in the first half
of this year, rising by 8.5 per cent on the same period last year,
buoyed in part by a 35 per cent increase in exports to China.The first
half of the year saw exports of all British food and drink grow to 10.2
billion pounds ($13.14 billion), up by 8.5 per cent and also
representing the highest first half-year growth on record.Whisky, salmon
and beer remained the UK’s top three food and drink export products.
Ireland, France and the United States are the top three destinations for
British products in terms of overall value.
World Cup barbecues may be under threat as beers, fizzy drinks and meat
producers warn of potential shortages caused by a lack of CO2.
The British Retail Consortium has written to major retailers informing
them that drinks and meat supplies could be affected as at least one UK
gas supplier has had to ration orders.
The shortages come as many prepare to party while they follow England’s
progress in the football World Cup in Russia. Sales of alcohol and soft
drinks are also expected to be boosted after the World Cup by what is
forecast to be a long hot summer running through until August.
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It is understood that most drinks manufacturers hold at least two weeks
stock, while retailers are likely to hold more. But retailers have
expressed concerns that stocks of fizzy drinks could run short in a few
days during one of their busiest times of the year.
He said supplies were enough to last several weeks – if people kept
Tesco’s website already showed a number of its own-label fizzy drinks
were out of stock on Tuesday and its website warned of “a supply issue”.
Morrisons said some Sprite and R Whites products were out of stock due
to “limited supply”.
But he added: “When people start panic buying, they could empty the
shelves within hours.
One industry source said Britvic, which also produces Pepsi and R Whites
in the UK, and Heineken were already being affected. Another said one
small brewer, thought to be Brewdog, had also been hit.
”No system could keep up with that.”
Brigid Simmonds, chief executive of the British Beer and Pub
Association, said: “We are aware of a situation affecting the
availability of CO2 across Europe, which has now started to impact beer
producers in the UK.
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“We will continue to monitor the situation carefully. However, given the
time of year and the World Cup, this situation has arisen at an
unfortunate time for the brewing industry.”
Retailers told the?Guardian?that there were also fears about fresh
food supplies as CO2 is used in packing fresh meat and salads, as well
as in the slaughtering process for poultry and pigs.
Eighteen percent of respondents in a poll it conducted had begun
stockpiling food and essential household supplies in case of shortages
“At the moment we are looking at ways to keep the supply chain moving
and we have not heard that any of our members have stopped production,”
said Fiona Steiger, deputy director of the British Meat Processors
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Trade journal?Gas World?said the UK was hit particularly hard as only
one major CO2 plant was operating earlier this week and imports from the
continent had been affected by shut-downs in Benelux and France. It said
shortages were expected to continue throughout this month.
According to Kantar research, 80 percent of British shoppers are
worried about the price of supermarket food and drink in the event of a