How the climate emergency, Covid-19, Brexit and soaring markets have disrupted the UK’s coffee supply chain

Climate emergency hits growers

Frost in Brazil disrupted the coffee harvest, as more extreme weather events linked to global heating impact production. Political unrest in Colombia has also disrupted shipments

Global freight disruption

The blockage of the Suez Canal hit key deliveries of coffee from Asia and Africa. Covid disruption to shipping, with containers out of place, and a boom in demand for goods, has led to severe delays and pushed up freight costs to the highest levels in a decade

Global price

Rising post-lockdown demand amid the supply-chain crisis have pushed the global coffee price to a seven-year high, which experts say will hit consumers in the pocket

Cup manufacturing

Brexit disruption to paper and fibre imports from the EU, as well as HGV driver shortages and factory shutdowns, have caused a lack of coffee cups. Soaring demand for cardboard boxes in the global lockdown online-shopping boom has also had a knock-on effect

Lorry driver shortages

A shortage of 100,000 lorry drivers in Britain has affected shipments of products, including in the coffee supply chain

Production problems

Lorry driver shortages have slowed delivery times between port, factory, and coffee shop. Strikes at a Jacobs Douwe Egberts coffee plant in Banbury, Oxfordshire, lost an estimated 300m cups of coffee. Costa has run short of decaffeinated coffee due to a production issue

Dairy shortage

Milk supplies have been disrupted by shortages of lorry drivers. In the US, oat milk production issues at Oatly caused shortages in Starbucks

Barista shortage

Britain has faced a barista shortage amid a wider lack of hospitality sector staff, many EU workers who left during the pandemic and failed to return due to Brexit and ongoing pandemic restrictions

How the climate emergency, Covid-19, Brexit and soaring markets have disrupted the UK’s coffee supply chain

Climate emergency hits growers

Frost in Brazil disrupted the coffee harvest, as more extreme weather events linked to global heating impact production. Political unrest in Colombia has also disrupted shipments

Global freight disruption

The blockage of the Suez Canal hit key deliveries of coffee from Asia and Africa. Covid disruption to shipping, with containers out of place, and a boom in demand for goods, has led to severe delays and pushed up freight costs to the highest levels in a decade

Cup manufacturing

Brexit disruption to paper and fibre imports from the EU, as well as HGV driver shortages and factory shutdowns, have caused a lack of coffee cups. Soaring demand for cardboard boxes in the global lockdown online-shopping boom has also had a knock-on effect

Global price

Rising post-lockdown demand amid the supply-chain crisis have pushed the global coffee price to a seven-year high, which experts say will hit consumers in the pocket

Production problems

Lorry driver shortages have slowed delivery times between port, factory, and coffee shop. Strikes at a Jacobs Douwe Egberts coffee plant in Banbury, Oxfordshire, lost an estimated 300m cups of coffee. Costa has run short of decaffeinated coffee due to a production issue

Lorry driver shortages

A shortage of 100,000 lorry drivers in Britain has affected shipments of products, including in the coffee supply chain

Barista shortage

Britain has faced a barista shortage amid a wider lack of hospitality sector staff, many EU workers who left during the pandemic and failed to return due to Brexit and ongoing pandemic restrictions

Dairy shortage

Milk supplies have been disrupted by shortages of lorry drivers. In the US, oat milk production issues at Oatly caused shortages in Starbucks