“The days when you could feed a family of four with a 3-pound chicken are over.”
Britain will no longer enjoy the low food prices seen on supermarket shelves for the past 20 years, according to Britain’s largest chicken producer.
Ranjeet Singh Boparan, popularly known as the ‘Chicken King’, said there is a danger of food price inflation reaching double digits due to the current supply chain issues.
He explained: “The days are over when you can feed a family of four £3 chicken.
“In relative terms, buying a chicken today is cheaper than it was 20 years ago. How can it be true that a whole chicken costs less than a pint of beer? You’re looking at a different world than now where buyers are more pays.”
According to official consumer price data, food prices in the UK have already increased by 0.2% in August.
Britain is struggling to stock shelves in light of HGV driver shortages, which have crippled national supply chains and stock distribution.
Far from the truck problem – an issue felt across Europe but most curiously in the UK – energy and CO2 costs have increased by more than 500% in the past year and packaging prices by 20% in six months. has increased.
According to the chicken supplier, fee costs, supplements, veterinary costs and wages have all increased by 15 to 20%.
As the founder of 2 Sisters Food Company, Bopran produces about a third of all poultry products consumed in the UK. It processes 10.4 million birds a week and owns over 700 farms.
Nando’s, one of 2 Sisters’ customers, was one of the first major chains to report food shortages in August, when the famed restaurant revealed it had run out of chicken.
He warned that Downing Street would not be able to fully address all issues – or control inevitable wage inflation.
Bopran said: “Less labor means fewer options, core ranges, empty shelves and wage inflation and that is not going to change.
“Right now I need to be honest about what this means for the consumer because inflation could reach double digits.”
The problem of keeping shelves is believed to stem from Brexit, although the government has repeatedly denied that leaving the EU played a significant role in the problems and instead blaming it on the pandemic.
Prime Minister Boris Johnson has also claimed that the UK economy needs to stop relying on cheap imported labour, and this is positive.