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Industry News & Trends / Europe
on August 23, 2021

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…

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