The running of the British dairy industry was sitting on a knife-edge because of the fuel crisis as The Grocer went to press this week. While farms were feeling the impact by Wednesday, processors faced the weekend with a different set of problems. Dairy Industry Federation director general Jim Begg said: "Regardless of milk availability, processors no longer hold huge stocks of packaging or cleaning material. "Twice daily deliveries are not uncommon ­ and you cannot take in milk if you can't pack the product. So you have to cancel deliveries between 24 and 48 hours before your packaging runs out." Doorstep services still depend on diesel driven trucks to move glass bottles to and from filling lines. Even milk producers, who normally have collections every other day, will not have much, if any, spare chilled storage capacity to keep milk on the farm if hauliers cannot get tankers out to them. {{PROVISIONS }}