The problems are being blamed on a “perfect storm” of rising aluminium prices – which have shot up 50% to reach a 13-year high – along with labour shortages and inflation
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Brits are now facing a pie crisis with makers being told to re-use foil tins to tackle supply chain issues.
The problems are being blamed on a “perfect storm” of rising aluminium prices, labour shortages and inflation.
Aluminium prices have shot up by 50% to reach a 13-year high after being pushed up by the energy crisis.
Energy typically accounts for a third or more of the cost of aluminium, which traded at $3,120 a tonne at the close of markets on Friday, October 15.
Increased demand for the metal following the pandemic, shortages in China, and rising inflation have also been sending prices higher as well.
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To help with the supply issues, the British Pie Association has started asking pie makers to start recycling their tins rather than throw them away.
Isaac Fisher, the General Manager at Pukka Pies, has also pledged to “feed the nation” and said he has taken steps to minimise any disruption.
He told The Sun : “There’s no doubt there are big challenges in the foil market. Demand during the pandemic, coupled with labour shortages and inflation, have created a perfect storm.
“As the People’s Pie, it’s our No 1 priority to keep feeding the nation. We’ve taken steps to make sure our bakery has a continued supply of foils.”
Pies are just the latest shortages families are being warned about due to the on-going supply chain issues.
Toy chains have urged parents to start shopping early to avoid disappointment come December.
Shops have already started selling Christmas stock over warnings the UK faces months of shortages.
It comes after the boss of Iceland warned ongoing delivery issues could effectively “cancel” Christmas as supermarkets struggle to replenish shelves.
But Tesco boss John Allan has urged people not to panic-buy.
“There may be some shortages”, but people should not “over-dramatise” and panic-buy, he told the BBC.