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A shortage of pigs in blankets could mean a cold Christmas for fans of the seasonal favourite

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Pigs in blankets could be in short supply this Christmas unless something is done about a labour shortage, warn retail bosses.

Normally Britons wolf down 40 million packets of the traditional favourite of sausages wrapped in bacon every year.

But the British Meat Processors Association (BPMA) said that production could be down by a third this year.

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That would mean less pigs in blankets and supplies of gammon reports the Daily Star.

BMPA chief executive Nick 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.”



Pigs in blankets at Christmas
Pigs in blankets at Christmas

According to the The Independent BMPA members are around 12 per cent short on staff, with one company missing almost a fifth of its workforce,

It is the latest industry to be hit by a shortage of workers and HGV delivery drivers.

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.

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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