The supply of Haribo to shops in the UK is under threat due to a shortage of truck drivers, it has been learned.
The German confectionery giant that makes the candies, including Starmix, Goldbears and Tangfastic, said they were “facing challenges” that were affecting delivery.
Any supply issue could affect all major supermarkets, including Tesco, Sainsbury’s and Asda, as well as other stores.
A spokesperson for Haribo said he was “working with partners in the food and drink industry” to try to rectify the problem, the BBC reported.
It is not the only company to be affected by the shortage of drivers and the transport industry has blamed the pandemic and Brexit for thousands of unfilled positions.
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The Road Haulage Association estimates that around 60,000 drivers are missing and that around 30,000 heavy truck driving tests have not taken place due to Covid.
Kate Shoesmith, deputy director general of the Confederation of Recruitment and Employment, previously said that many long-haul drivers were EU nationals with a high percentage from Romania and Bulgaria.
“They have either found work in their home country or they think it is not fair to return to the UK, whether it is because of Brexit or the pandemic,” Ms Shoesmith told the BBC.
The government said it was aware of the shortage of drivers, with the Transport Department confirming progress was being made in test driving and recruiting heavy trucks.