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World’s biggest airline caterer stockpiles for Brexit

A hard Brexit may bring chaos at ports and airports, but at least passengers will be able to get an inflight meal.

With just weeks to go until the UK leaves the European Union, and with no deal yet in place, worries are growing that a no-deal split will disrupt air, ferry and other traffic.

A hard Brexit could also see the flow of goods stall at UK and EU ports and airports.

Now the world’s biggest caterer to the aviation industry has started to stockpile meals, snacks and plastic cutlery, Bloomberg reports.

Gate Gourmet, which is based in Switzerland and serves 20 airlines at 10 airports in the UK, is stocking up on enough food to see passengers through around 10 days of disruption.

Mountains of meals
The chilled dishes are being held at a large warehouse in the town of Peterborough, while mountains more items from peanuts to toilet rolls are being held at a facility in London.

“Companies could be in difficulty if they haven’t prepared themselves and ensured a continuity of supply,” Stephen Corr, Gate Gourmet’s managing director for Western Europe, tells Bloomberg.

“We’ve been gradually increasing inventory levels of products from the European Union to ensure that any initial disruption at the UK border can be covered.”

The Calais-Dover sea crossing is expected to be a chaotic funnel point for passengers and goods if there is no deal, and specialist warehouses across the UK are filling up with everything from frozen meat for restaurants to dog food, car parts, plane wings, beer and cancer drugs.

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