Christmas ruined! Britons face shortage of favourite alcohol weeks before festive season
The Wine and Spirits Trade Association (WSTA) says members have reported imports are taking five times longer than a year ago. Forty nine businesses, including Moët Hennessy UK and Laurent-Perrier UK, have urged Transport Secretary Grant Shapps to take urgent action, the WSTA said.
WSTA CEO Miles Beale said: “There is mounting concern amongst our membership that unless urgent action is taken, we will fall deeper into delivery chaos.
“We are already seeing major delays on wine and spirit delivery times which is pushing up costs and limiting the range of products available to UK consumers.”
Wine wholesaler Daniel Lambert Wines says they are right to be very concerned.
Owner Mr Lambert told BBC Radio Wales: “The supermarkets and national retailers plan Christmas as far back as May.
“We have been experiencing significant problems with supply of wines since Brexit started.
“The wines that need to be in the UK already are simply not here and I think we have run out of time to get them into the UK.”
He added: “Supermarkets will have all their Christmas stocks in their warehouses by October.
“This year this simply hasn’t happened due to the fact they have been firefighting all year to actually maintain the demand that they have experienced.”