The BBC reports that, “The just-in-time system is no longer working and I don’t think it’ll work again,” Food and Drink Federation (FDF) boss Ian Wright said at an Institute for Government event on Friday.
Mr Wright warned that the UK was in for permanent shortages. He stressed that “the UK shopper and consumer could have previously expected just about any product they want to be on the [supermarket] shelf or in the restaurant all the time.
“That’s over. And I don’t think it’s coming back.”
As the sector adapts to structural changes in the labour market, Mr Wright said that firms are having to make decisions over which products to prioritise.
However, it didn’t mean the country would run out of food, he stressed.
The FDF represents more than 800 food and drink companies in the UK.
But a spokesman for the government said it did not recognise claims of permanent shortages.