Friday 18 August 2017

Plane filled with biscuits lands in Britain to ease custard cream shortage after Storm Eva

John Brennan

A plane filled with biscuits has arrived in Britain to help ease the shortage of biscuits currently hitting serial snackers across the country.

This is the second plane in as many weeks to have flown in delicious cargo after one of the largest biscuit factories in Britain was flooded during the winter.

The McVitie’s factory in Carlisle suffered flood damage when it was battered by Storm Eva  in December.

Since then stocks levels of the likes of custard creams, rich tea and chocolate digestives have been dwindling.

The two Emirates flights have flown in the snacks to help feed Britain’s 34,000 tonne a month biscuit habit.

Dayle Hauxwell, cargo manager for Doncaster Sheffield Airport, where the biscuits arrived said, “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 were the first flights from Emirates SkyCargo, the cargo airline, based in Dubai to Doncaster Sheffield Airport.

Mr Hauxwell 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.

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

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