Christmas lunch wouldn’t be the same without pigs in blankets.
The festive treats are with synonymous with December 25, and take the humble Sunday roast to a whole new level.
But this December there is a risk of the treats being in ‘short supply’.
According to industry body the British Meat Processors Association there is currently a 30 per cent shortfall of labourers in the run up to the festive season, Cornwall Live reports.
And that could lead to bacon, ham and pork being in short supply in the weeks ahead.
A spokesman told trade journal The Grocer that processing plants were ‘already approaching the point where they’re 10 per cent to 15 per cent down in terms of worker numbers, despite needing an extra 10 per cent to 15 per cent for the festive season.”
BMPA chief executive Nick Allen, said: “We were struggling for labour anyway and the run-up to Christmas is when it gets even tougher.
“No one is saying processors will not be able to fulfil orders, but they’ll tailor them accordingly. Whether that leaves a gap or not, it’s a job to know.”
Also The National Pig Association said that meat processors were “concerned about not fulfilling orders”.
Many farms and factories in the meat industry were already suffering shortfalls over the summer before the additional migrant workers they rely on in the weeks before Christmas.
National Pig Association senior policy advisor Ed Barker said a number of processors were “concerned about not fulfilling orders” and that labour shortages were now also biting in abattoirs and on pig farms.