Dec 23, 2020

Lufthansa airlifts food to the UK amid lorry chaos

The airline said it is carrying 80 tonnes of food from Frankfurt to Doncaster Sheffield Airport for grocers including Tesco and Sainbury's. There are concerns that testing drivers for Covid could delay food supplies. The food imports will be flown from Frankfurt, a major food distribution centre in Europe that receives goods from food producers all over the continent including Spain, the Netherlands and France. "We don't think testing will work. The backlog can't be cleared if the tests take 30 minutes per driver," said Raluca Marian, the union's general delegate to the EU. Britain imports nearly half of its fresh vegetables and the majority of its fruit, both mainly from the EU. Tesco and Sainsbury's warned earlier this week that if the port chaos continued, the UK could see shortages of lettuce and some citrus fruits - which are typically imported from Spain and Italy. German companies imported €11.1bn of fresh fruit and vegetables - equivalent to 19% of the combined imports of all European countries, latest data from the Netherlands' Center for the Promotion of Imports shows.

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