German confectionery big Haribo has mentioned it’s struggling to ship its sweets to retailers within the UK due to a shortage of lorry drivers.
A spokesperson mentioned that like many different producers and retailers, it was “experiencing challenges” that had been hampering provides.
The issues have an effect on all Haribo sweets, together with Goldbears and Tangfastics.
The haulage business has blamed the pandemic and Brexit for hundreds of unfilled HGV driver jobs.
Haribo mentioned it was “working with partners across the food and drink industry” to deal with the issue.
The Road Haulage Association believes there may be at the moment a shortfall of about 60,000 drivers.
It estimates that some 30,000 HGV driving checks didn’t happen final yr due to the Covid pandemic.
The haulage business is one in every of a variety of sectors having hassle discovering appropriate employees because the financial system reopens, main some consultants to speak of the UK’s lacking employees.
Kate Shoesmith, deputy chief government of the Recruitment and Employment Confederation, advised the BBC final month that earlier than the pandemic, many lorry drivers within the UK had been nationals of EU nations, notably Romania and Bulgaria.
They stayed within the UK after the Brexit referendum, however began leaving when coronavirus struck, she mentioned.
“They have either sourced work in their home countries or they feel it’s not right to return to the UK, either because of Brexit or the pandemic,” Ms Shoesmith added.
The Department for Transport mentioned it was nicely conscious of the shortage, however that progress was being made with regard to HGV driving checks and recruitment.