Bacon stocks were still on the move this week, but wholesalers were expecting trouble by the weekend if the fuel crisis fails to ease. "Stock is still moving out at the moment," said one trader, "but we'll have problems by the weekend if the lorries can't fill up on the return leg." Slicers hold substantial stocks of packaging film because of the large minimum order sizes. In addition, the need to hold stocks in freezers before slicing will prevent gaps from appear until next week. Neither Dutch nor Danish lorries are dependent on UK fuel stops, so blockading farmers are putting UK processors in double jeopardy, since neither stocks nor staff can move freely until the pumps are flowing freely again. {{PROVISIONS }}

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