A leading supplier of temperature control systems for the catering industry says most of its product lines are now suffering disruption as a result of supply chains “catastrophes” as it was revealed that workers at the UK’s largest container port are poised to strike.
Jason Webb, managing director of Electronic Temperature Instruments (ETI), said the prospect of an eight-day strike at the Port of Felixstowe, was just the latest in a series of challenges facing the industry.
He commented: “We are jumping from one major piece of disruption to the next, and it was always going to take supply chains years to recover from the repercussions of Covid alone.
“Disruption is common and has been there for many years. However, disruption was always limited to a small percentage of products in our range. What we are seeing now is that most of our products are being disrupted by catastrophes. The UK has always been an exporting powerhouse.
“But we can’t be under any illusions that the past two-years has presented a host of obstacles and problems. It is taking significantly more time to do things which means we have had to throw extra resources to address shipping issues that previously weren’t a problem.
Mr Webb said that temperature control is vital for keeping produce fresh but if they get stuck in transit for too long, then the food won’t be held at the right temperature and it will spoil much quicker.
“To put it simply, there is a time limit on its quality. Everything is against the clock when it comes to delivering food items.
“These potential delays will demonstrate the challenges of keeping refrigeration temperatures steady during transit and highlight the vital role that data loggers play in the process.”