The UK could be set to face Christmas tree shortages as a result of global supply chain disruptions as prices rise, raising fears of panic ahead of the festive season.
The warnings could be lowered because of labor shortages, shipping delays and inclement weather conditions that are driving up prices for trees, leaving those hoping to get their hands on a real Christmas tree this year disappointed.
According to a newspaper report, Some garden centers have seen a 250 percent increase in sales of trees for this time of year compared to 2020.
According to the British Christmas Tree Growers’ Association (BCTGA), some members have increased the prices of trees for a 20 percent increase in business value this year.
A spokesperson for the BCTGA told Granthshala They would advise shoppers not to “panic” amid concerns that they might be disappointed if Christmas tree stocks run low.
He said: “Don’t panic! Buy normally towards the end of this month or early December to make sure it is in the best condition.
“We are working hard to assure the public to avoid any kind of panic.
“Christmas tree prices vary depending on where you live in the UK, with many keeping their prices the same for many years, although some members have raised their prices to reflect the additional costs,” he said.
“Like all sectors there is a challenge this season but our industry is a bit different as we have such a short sales window, so it takes us months to plan and every year we adapt to the situation.
“This year many of our growers have supplemented the seasonal workforce with agency staff and booked HGVs in advance to ensure the public can purchase their real trees once they are harvested.”
It comes after reports that shoppers are starting to stock up on other Christmas favorites including mince pies and children’s toys early, as industry leaders warn of rising prices and stock shortages.
According to data company Kantar, nearly five million households bought mince pies in October, while 1.6 million bought Christmas pudding — 400,000 more than the same month last year.
Food industry leaders advise households to buy certain items early and freeze them, if possible, to avoid disappointment.
Tom Southall, policy director for the Cold Chain Federation, said the shortage of workers in warehouses is a particular concern.
“We are getting reports from members that warehousing is becoming a very serious issue before Christmas,” he told the Committee on Environment, Food and Rural Affairs.
Businesses have struggled to keep up with rising demand following a sharp drop in the number of non-UK workers following Brexit.
Credit: www.independent.co.uk /