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Supply chain issues continue to drive up inflation, CGA warns

The survey showed that more than four in five businesses have already seen deliveries of products delayed (82%) or failed to turn up completely (84%)

Some 99% of businesses are currently experiencing supply chain issues, with more than four in five seeing higher costs in their supply chain (82%), according to the latest Business Confidence Survey from CGA.

The survey showed that more than four in five businesses have already seen deliveries of products delayed (82%) or failed to turn up completely (84%).

Nearly three quarters (73%) of leaders said their food costs have risen, with 39% of respondents stating food costs have “significantly increased”.

Access to products from Europe has been a particular issue, with 68% of leaders identifying it as a “major area of concern”.

Karl Chessell, CGA’s director, hospitality operators and food, EMEA, said: “Brexit and Covid-19 have dealt two painful blows to the food and drink supply chain, and few hospitality businesses have escaped the impacts.

“Delivery problems and cost pressures have come at the worst possible time, with thousands of pubs, bars and restaurants only just finding their feet after months of lockdown. This two-pronged crisis highlights the need for targeted government intervention and sustained support to protect thousands of businesses and jobs in the months ahead.”

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