UK poultry, pork production constrained by labor shortages
In the United Kingdom, chicken and turkey producers are being told to cut output back by as much as 10% as labor shortages begin to bite. As job vacancies across the country generally hit records levels, the pork and other meat supply chains, and transport sector are being hit particularly hard.
A crisis is approaching for the U.K. poultry sector, warns the industry association, the British Poultry Council (BPC).
Already, the average vacancy rate in farming and food processing has reached 16%. Further gaps between labor supply and demand are expected, it says, as the effects of Brexit — the U.K.’s…