Extreme hot weather in recent weeks causes issues for UK food industry

British Meat Processors Association (BMPA) chief executive Nick Allen said the biggest concern its members was that farmers were being forced to eat into their stocks of feed reserved for the winter, as crops become harder to cultivate in the extreme heat.

“This on the back of a difficult spring and the fact that fertiliser prices virtually doubled after the start of the Ukraine crisis, which meant that they would have lower stocks in the first place,”​ he added,

“It has created a really worrying scenario. To add to the challenge cereal prices have also increased considerably which means farmers’ options are really limited.” 

BMPA members are now anticipating they may get offered a high percentage of under finished animals, creating a host of problems in the processing plants and will make fulfilling orders challenging.

Challenging autumn 

“Coupled with the issues around energy supplies and labour we are heading towards one of the most challenging autumn and winter periods the industry has seen for a long time,​ Allen continued.

The cold supply chain has also been feeling the brunt of the extreme heat pounding the UK. What’s worse, the repeated heat waves have come at a time when energy costs have skyrocketed, proving to be a one-two punch of challenges for supply chain operators.

Cold Chain Federation policy director Tom Southall admitted that the industry has had to draw on its resilience to keep food supplies flowing under adversity.

“During hot weather refrigeration systems have to work extremely hard, and cold chain operators are increasing inspections and maintenance and reducing heat ingress wherever possible to keep equipment running reliably,”​.

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