Confectionery giant Haribo has warned that a shortage of truck drivers is making it difficult to get its sweets to stores in the UK.
The German company, whose products include gummy bears, frothy fried eggs and cola bottles, said it was working to fix the problem.
It comes after the transport industry warned of a widespread delivery crisis in the UK due to a shortage of truck drivers, with around 100,000 vacant positions.
The labor shortage was attributed by the sector to the coronavirus pandemic and Brexit.
A spokesperson for Haribo said, “As with many manufacturers and retailers across the country, we are facing challenges with the driver shortage nationwide.
“We are working with partners in the food industry to solve this problem. “
Tesco, the UK’s largest supermarket chain, also recently admitted that it faced with a shortage of drivers for its trucks.
General Manager Ken Murphy, speaking after the first quarter results, said the company was “working hard” to fill its deficit through recruitment and insisted that product availability remained high.
Transport executives warned last week that Britain faced gaps in supermarket shelves this summer and an “unimaginable” collapse in supply chains due to lack of manpower.
In a letter sent to Boris Johnson, the industry urged the Prime Minister to step in and allow access to the European workforce by introducing temporary work visas for heavy truck drivers and adding them to a “list of shortage occupations”.
There have been calls in some neighborhoods for the military to be mobilized to help move goods if short-term access to non-British labor is not allowed.
However, the government has said that as part of Britain’s post-Brexit immigration system, companies should instead look to hire domestic workers.
COVID-19 fueled the problem after many European drivers living in Britain returned home due to the crisis, while it also hampered the training and testing of thousands of new recruits.
Andrew Opie, Director of Food and Sustainability at the British Retail Consortium, recently said: “Retailers are aware of the decline in the number of heavy truck drivers, causing minor disruption to some supply chains.
“Supermarkets work closely with their suppliers to ensure that consumers always have access to the same wide variety of products.
“The government must rapidly increase the number of heavy-duty test drives while seeking a longer term solution to this problem.”