Christmas meal specials ‘under threat’October 28th, 2019
Pigs in blankets and other festive meal additions might be in short supply this Christmas, the British Meat Processors Association has warned.
It says 60% of the labour force in UK meat plants comes from other countries and the industry is not attracting enough seasonal EU workers.
Its chief executive, Nick Allen, told the BBC that wrapping cocktail sausages in bacon was done by hand. He said the job was “fiddly and hard to mechanise”.
The British Meat Processors Association represents the majority of companies working in the British meat industry, handling beef, lamb and pork products.
Its members are responsible for supplying fresh meat and meat products to retailers, restaurants and food service companies throughout the UK.
The industry employs about 75,000 people and is worth more than £7bn a year to the British economy.
Meanwhile, the UK poultry industry employs more than 37,000 people and contributes more than £3bn a year to the economy.