Brexit Prompts Outlets Closures As Poultry Shortages Loom

Renowned food restaurants have been facing serious disruptions due to shortages in supply which are being driven by Brexit.

Chicken producers blame Brexit for staff and supply shortages
Brexit to blame for fast-food chicken shortages/Picture credit: Sky

Renowned food restaurants have been facing serious disruptions due to shortages in supply which are being driven by Brexit.

Chicken supply and staff shortages have seen the closure of nearly 45 Nando`s restaurants. Meanwhile, KFC has given out that packages may not look the same as the restaurant is being with similar challenges.

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Peri-peri chicken, a renowned brand that operates around 400 outlets across the UK has also “hit pause on delivery for now” according to a statement on its website.

A government spokesperson said: “We have well-established ways of working with the food sector and are working closely with them to ensure businesses have the labour they need. We are looking at ways to help the sector recruit more domestic labour and invest in automation in order to reduce the reliance on migrant workers coming into the UK.”

Most EU workers are leaving the country which has prompted a lack of drivers and driven some of the problems faced by many food outlets.

The British Poultry Council’s chief executive, Richard Griffith laid blame on Brexit for these serious shortages and disruptions.

“When you don’t have people, you have a problem – and this is something we are seeing across the whole supply chain. The labour crisis is a Brexit issue,” said Mr. Griffiths.

Although there hasn`t been any publicly issued statement by Nando`s on the effect of Brexit, the outlet admitted its chicken shortages are “not affecting outlets in Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland”.

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Mr. Griffiths also damned the government for failing to respond promptly to the problems faced by the food supply sector.

“The alarming number of gaps only continue to grow due to a government that continually acts against the best interests of British food producers,” he said.

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