Food prices set to soar amid labour crunch

Worker shortage affecting supplies, with firms forced to raise wages at double-digit pace

Across the world, a dearth of workers is shaking up food supply chains.

In Vietnam, the army is assisting with the rice harvest. In the United Kingdom, farmers are dumping milk because there are no truckers to collect it. Brazil's robusta coffee beans took 120 days to reap this year, rather than the usual 90.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Sunday Times on September 19, 2021, with the headline 'Food prices set to soar amid labour crunch'. Subscribe