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The country running out of booze


Supply chain chaos and an increase in prices are fuelling concerns that stores in the United Kingdom may run out of wine and liquor in the lead up to Christmas.

 

A letter to the UK Transport Secretary last week from the UK Wine and Spirit Trade Association (WTSA) warned of the issue, CNN Business reported.

 

 

“This is an urgent issue for our businesses, and it is imperative that [the UK] Government takes immediate steps to help mitigate the impact of the driver shortages crisis before the Christmas period,” the letter read. 

 

The WTSA also said it is taking up to five times longer to import products than a year ago.

 

“There is mounting concern amongst our membership that unless urgent action is taken, we will fall deeper into delivery chaos,” WSTA chief executive Miles Beale said.

 

“We are already seeing major delays on wine and spirit delivery times which is pushing up costs and limiting the range of products available to UK consumers.”

 
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Published: 29 November 2021

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