The founder of 2 Sisters has warned supermarket shelves will be bare and panic buying will intensify unless the ‘critical issues’ threatening UK food supply are solved.
Ranjit Singh Boparan, founder and President at 2 Sisters Food Group, said the current challenges facing the sector are like no other he has seen in his 27 years as a food entrepreneur.
He said: “The use of the term ‘perfect storm’ has become a cliché, but never has that been a truer phase to use.
“No-one could possibly have predicted that this toxic cocktail would come together at this time. It started with the pandemic – and in the last week or so with ‘pingdemic’, but since May this year the operating environment has deteriorated so profoundly I can see no other outcome than major food shortages in the UK.
“Supply of chicken and turkey is under threat. Our retail partners and the wider supply chain have worked together closer than ever before to ensure we retain food supply and this is of huge credit to everyone. But we are at crisis point.”
He said the framework was ‘complete madness and the Government was sticking its head in the sand.
Mr Boparan said the ‘pingdemic’ was not the issue, there were structural changes which needed sorting.
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