Government resumes ‘war room’ calls with grocers over driver shortages

Wheels of HGV lorry

The Department for Environment Food and Rural Affairs (Defra) this morning held the first Food Resilience Industry Forum call since April in response to growing concerns in Whitehall over the effects of a national shortage of HGV drivers.

The government originally set up the forum as a daily call between Defra, representatives of the major supermarkets and other key stakeholders involved in the ‘feed the nation’ response to the coronavirus crisis last spring.

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