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UK biscuit bailout comes from Dubai

15 March 2016

Biscuit lovers frustrated with shortages across the country have been thrown a lifeline in the form of two cargo jets carrying supplies from Dubai. 

Two Emirates SkyCargo jets arrived at Doncaster’s Robin Hood Airport carrying biscuits. Floods late last year caused several factories in the north of the country to close, disrupting production. 

Last week United Biscuits said its factory in Carlisle, which had been closed for repairs since December 5, was “well on its way to the full resumption of baking”.

Dayle Hauxwell, cargo manager for Doncaster Sheffield Airport said: “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 mean time 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!'"

These flights also mark the first flights from Emirates SkyCargo, the cargo airline, based in Dubai to Doncaster Sheffield Airport.

“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.

“Thanks to this new relationship the Great British public have been able to enjoy a biscuit with their cuppa.”

United Biscuits said since Storm Desmond hit, some 540 tonnes of debris have been cleared from its Carlisle factory – which is responsible for the production of around 250,000 Ginger Nuts every hour. 

Mike Heaney, Factory General Manager at United Biscuits said last week: “Encouragement from our loyal biscuit fans has kept our teams going and we thank everyone for their support. We also appreciate the collaboration from our retail and trade customers.

“It’s been awful not to be baking biscuits, so we thank everyone that has helped us along the way to get production back up and running”.


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