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Dubai helps 'plug UK biscuit shortage'

Emirates Cargo shipped biscuits from Dubai after flooding forced a major UK factory to close last year

Dubai helps 'plug UK biscuit shortage'

Emirates Group has been flying cargo planes from Dubai to the UK to supply the country with biscuits following a national shortage of some brands.

The UK has been suffering from a biscuit shortage in some parts of the country after Storm Desmond’ flooded a major factory in Carlisle at the end of last year.

The factory, owned by United Biscuits, which manufactures McVities, Custard Creams and Ginger Nuts, was forced to stop production due to storm damage – although it reportedly plans to recommence activity at the end of this month.

In a statement on its website last week, Doncaster Sheffield Airport announced that it had received two cargo-loads of biscuits from Dubai in recent weeks to help UK retailers meet demand.

Two Boeing 777 flights – said to mark the first flights from Emirates SkyCargo to the northern English airport – have brought biscuits into the UK within the past fortnight.

Last week, United Biscuits said it would soon return to full capacity, making 250,000 biscuits an hour, and would return to shelves at the end of March.

Dayle Hauxwell, cargo manager for Doncaster Sheffield Airport, said in the statement: “There has been a lot of press coverage about Britain’s biscuit shortage following the floods in December and we are pleased to hear that the factories hope to be up and running again this month.

“In the meantime, we’ve been delighted to welcome two flights from Emirates full of the nation’s favourite biscuits.

“We’ve welcomed all sorts of different cargo over the years from a pride of lions to last year’s consignment of tea, this time we’ve quite literally ‘taken the biscuit’!”

The statement added: “We were delighted to welcome Emirates to Doncaster Sheffield Airport. This new relationship shows that our cargo operations are going from strength to strength and our reputation for handling cargo flights from around the globe is growing.”

Emirates has been contacted for comment.

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