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2 Sisters warns of worst food shortages in 75 years

Ranjit Singh Boparan has warned supply of chicken and turkey was under threat

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2 Sisters warns of worst food shortages in 75 years


The founder of 2 Sisters has warned supermarket shelves will be bare and panic buying will intensify unless the ‘critical issues’ threatening UK food supply are solved.

 

Ranjit Singh Boparan, founder and President at 2 Sisters Food Group, said the current challenges facing the sector are like no other he has seen in his 27 years as a food entrepreneur.

 

He said: “The use of the term ‘perfect storm’ has become a cliché, but never has that been a truer phase to use.

 

“No-one could possibly have predicted that this toxic cocktail would come together at this time. It started with the pandemic – and in the last week or so with ‘pingdemic’, but since May this year the operating environment has deteriorated so profoundly I can see no other outcome than major food shortages in the UK.

 

“Supply of chicken and turkey is under threat. Our retail partners and the wider supply chain have worked together closer than ever before to ensure we retain food supply and this is of huge credit to everyone. But we are at crisis point.”

 

He said the framework was ‘complete madness and the Government was sticking its head in the sand.

 

Mr Boparan said the ‘pingdemic’ was not the issue, there were structural changes which needed sorting.


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“Why is the Government still paying furlough to around two million people with the economy essentially open and yet we have an on-going labour crisis?

 

“Why is it not reclassifying our frontline workers to the correct status so we have a corridor open for EU workers into the UK?

 

“Why is it not allowing for key workers in the food industry who are double vaccinated to continue their work when they are ‘pinged’?

Mr Boparan sets out the current challenges:

Security of food supply under severe threat:

 

  • Brexit has reduced available workers
  • 2 Sisters faced 15% labour shortages

 

Inflation:

 

  • Feed price up 50%
  • Packaging up 20%
  • Energy up 30%
  • Wage inflation

 

Covid:

 

  • Investment to keep colleagues sage will continue for at least another 12 months
  • Rules around self-isolation continue

 

Brexit:

 

  • Trading conditions have increased complexity adding costs and resource difficulties

“The government needs to act immediately if it wants to avoid the most serious food shortages that this country has seen in over 75 years. Not acting would be irresponsible.”

 

He added they were era-defining challenges which had all come to a head in the past 12 weeks.

 

“Clearly these have brought continued and intensive pressure on our business, just like they have elsewhere,” he said.

 

Waste

 

He said the business was walking ‘a tightrope every week’.

 

Mr Boparan added food waste would ‘rocket’ as it could not be processed.

 

Mr Boparan has called on the Government to act now to support the sector.

 

He called for entry route to be plotted so workers face minimal administrative hurdles to support businesses like his.

 

“We also need recognition from the entire supply chain – that’s our suppliers, customers and ultimately the end consumer – that without the correct level of support, we are potentially facing a food crisis in the UK like we’ve never seen before.”

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