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Britain is now facing a pie crisis amid ‘perfect storm’ of foil tins running low

Britain is now facing a pie crisis amid ‘perfect storm’ of foil tins running low due to rising global aluminium prices, labour shortages and inflation

  • The British Pie Association is urging pie makers to re-use foil tins amid shortages
  • The issue stems from surging aluminium prices and shortages in China, the world’s biggest producer of the metal
  • But Britain’s pie makers have insisted they will continue to ‘feed the nation’ 


Britain is now facing a pie crisis amid a ‘perfect storm’ of foil tins running low due to rising global aluminium prices, ongoing labour shortages and inflation.

The British Pie Association is urging pie makers to re-use the foil tins rather than throw them away to tackle the shortages. 

The issue stems from surging aluminium prices, which have risen by 50% to reach a 10 year high, and shortages in China, the world’s biggest producer of the metal. 

There has also been increased demand for aluminium, supply chain bottlenecks due to the pandemic, and inflation, which have all added to ‘challenges’ in the foil industry.

But Isaac Fisher, the General Manager at Pukka Pies, has insisted that they will continue to ‘feed the nation’ despite the brewing pie crisis. 

He told the Sun: ‘There’s no doubt there are big challenges in the foil market. Demand during the pandemic, coupled with labour shortages and inflation, have created a perfect storm.

Britain is now facing a pie crisis amid a ‘perfect storm’ of foil tins running low due to rising global aluminium prices, ongoing labour shortages and inflation

‘As the People’s Pie, it’s our No 1 ­priority to keep feeding the nation. We’ve taken steps to make sure our bakery has a continued supply of foils.’

The foil tins are integral for pie making as they protect the individual pies from becoming burned at the bottom.

Prices of aluminium, used in products from food cans to aeroplanes, have risen by more than 50% this year on strong demand and output cuts due to an energy crisis and flooding in top producer China.

There are also concerns that mince pies may be hit by the shortages before Christmas. 

The British Pie Association is urging pie makers to re-use the foil tins rather than throw them away to tackle the shortages

The British Pie Association is urging pie makers to re-use the foil tins rather than throw them away to tackle the shortages

The warning comes after desperate Christmas shoppers have been left in tears after being told must-have gifts for the festive season had already run out amid a global supply chain crisis.

High Street retailers have warned surging customer demand and persistent logistical challenges mean some Christmas gifts are entirely out of stock more than two months before December 25, the i reports. 

Gary Grant, chief executive of The Entertainer toy store chain, predicted top sellers – including Barbie, Paw Patrol and L.O.L Surprise! products were likely to be off the shelves ‘sooner rather than later’.

It comes as Transport Secretary Grant Shapps this week warned ‘Christmas might not be a cracker’, amid log-jammed ports, empty shop shelves, looming threats of lorry strikes and experts predicting the cost of Christmas will soar.  

Unions are threatening a winter of discontent, with a wave of strikes over pay and conditions. Unite says it could pull its 50,000 lorry drivers off the road despite the supply chain crisis.

A man struggles to carry all of the toys he has bought at Smyths Toy Superstore in St Albans, Herts

A man struggles to carry all of the toys he has bought at Smyths Toy Superstore in St Albans, Herts

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