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20MAR
2016
NEWS / Audible sighs of relief heard across the UK as emergency biscuits arrive by plane
Category: Latest News, Manufacturing, Retail & Supply Chains

Image: Biscuits were flown in to the UK to plug a shortfall after a major biscuit factory flooded last winter. Credit: James Firth, Acclimatise
 
Elisa Jiménez Alonso
 

Back in February we reported that United Biscuits, one of the UK’s largest biscuit brands, had to suspend production for several months due to severe flooding disrupting operations in Carlisle. This meant taking beloved staples like Carr’s Water Biscuits off the shelves and affected many dinner parties around the country where pieces of cheese suddenly found themselves without a crunchy base to lay on.

Reportedly, the biscuit factory will soon be baking again. However, in the meantime, Boeing 777 aircrafts filled with Britain’s favourite round baked goods arrived at Doncaster Sheffield Airport to meet the biscuit needs of the nation. As sighs of relief are heard throughout the UK and newspapers pack up their biscuit puns, factory owners and personnel are relieved to soon be able to go back to work.

As light-hearted as these headlines sound, they highlight an increasingly important issue: adapting supply chains to climate risks and climate impacts. The effects of the floods on the biscuit supply chain were not only borderline traumatising for the British (seriously, what are we supposed to dunk in our tea?), they resulted in high economic losses and affected the lives of everyone working in the closed factories.

In this case, however, the situation also gave way for Doncaster Sheffield Airport to expand their business opportunities as they welcomed Emirates SkyCargo, who flew in the much needed emergency biscuits, for the first time.

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