Brits warned UK faces pigs in blankets shortage at Christmas after supply issues

Brits may not be able to get their hands on their beloved pigs in blankets this winter due to Brexit this winter, a retail industry boss has warned.

The demand for pigs in blankets, a traditional favourite of sausages wrapped in bacon, reaches around 40 million packets every year.

But the British Meat Processors Association (BPMA) said that production of the item could be cut by a whole third.

The shortage comes down mainly to staffing challenges, especially lorry drivers, BMPA chief executive Nick Allen said.

It has been reported that BMPA members are around 12% short on staff, with one company missing almost a fifth of its workforce, The Independent reports.

The executive blames the government's immigration policies for the widespread staffing challenges that have fallen on numerous industries.

Mr Allen said: “Some of the pig processors are having to cut down on how many pigs they are processing a week so that’s starting to have an impact back on the farm.

“We are cutting back and prioritising lines and cutting out on things, so there just won’t be the totals of Christmas favourites like we are used to.”

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He added that supplies of gammon on Christmas could also be affected.

Multiple other companies have also been hit with supply chain issues.

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It was confirmed today that McDonald's has stopped receiving its milkshake mix after it told dairy giant Arla to stop sending them due to supply chain issues leaving them unable to sell the drinks.

On Monday, the fast-food chain stopped selling the beverages in all of its 1,250 restaurants in Great Britain.

A shortage of lorry drivers was also to blame for the issue.

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Helen Dickinson, chief executive of the British Retail Consortium, said: “The UK faces a shortfall of 90,000 HGV drivers and it is consumers who will ultimately suffer for this.

“So far, disruption has been minimal thanks to the incredible work by retailers and their suppliers.

“Retailers are increasing pay rates, offering bonuses and introducing new driver training schemes, as well as directly supporting their suppliers in the movement of goods, but Government will need to play its part.

“We are calling on the Government to rapidly increase the number of HGV driving tests taking place, provide temporary visas for EU drivers, and to make changes on how HGV driver training can be funded.”

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