Business Confidence Survey Q3 2021

08 December 2021

FDF’s newly-released Q3 2021 Business Confidence report shows that net business confidence among food and drink manufacturers fell by 55% in Q3 2021, returning to negative as a result of the ongoing labour shortages and supply chain disruptions.


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Key impacts experienced by food and drink manufacturers included delayed or missed deliveries (both inbound and outbound) and labour shortages, particularly HGV drivers, temporary agency workers and process, plant and machine operatives processing. Businesses were pessimistic about the prospect of improving conditions in the final quarter of 2021, with significant concerns over the availability of temporary and permanent workers

FDF produces Business Confidence reports on a quarterly basis which summarise member sentiment, key impacts on the industry, as well as key opportunities and challenges for the sector. See past reports below.