Black Christmas: Turkeys, Trees and Toys Threatened by Labor Shortage, Suppliers Sure | Supply chain crisis
The UK could face a “national shortage” of turkeys in the run-up to Christmas, caused by a shortage of manpower after Brexit, the chairman of an agricultural association has said.
Kate Martin, of the Traditional Farm Fresh Turkey Association (TFTA), said while small UK farms that used local workers had been less affected, supermarket shelves risked being hit by a shortage of skilled European workers.
The TFTA, which represents producers of high-end free-range turkeys, said some poultry farms have already received five times as many orders this year than around the same time in 2020.
Martin told the PA Media news agency, “This year it seems like there is a national shortage of turkeys when we talk about the supermarket shelves, rather than buying direct from your farm.
“It’s the supermarket shelves that will be empty of turkeys this year than before, because there have been fewer turkeys on the ground, because the big processors know they won’t have them processed.”