Britain faces shortages of fresh food and price increases in the event of disorderly exit from the European Union (EU), a food and beverage industry group warned.
“We’re not going to starve but there will be shortages of fresh food and some specialist ingredients. It’s going to be a little bit unpredictable,” Tim Rycroft, Chief Operating Officer of the Food and Drink Federation, told Reuters.
With new Prime Minister Boris Johnson promising to leave the EU by October 31, the food and beverage industry is bracing for a Brexit without any provisions easing the free flow of goods.
Fresh produce, in particular, would be prone to issues on account of its short shelf life, the Food and Drink Federation said. Additional delays leaving France, combined with anticipated backlogs in Britain, raise the risk of products simply spoiling in transit.
Rycroft said the industry will likely spend as much as £100 million (the British pound equals $1.21) a week preparing for the anticipated Brexit without a deal from the EU. Efforts will include setting up alternative distributors and securing warehouse space.
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