Fears about the combined effects of a second winter spike in COVID-19 cases and the clock running down on Brexit hurdles are stoking nerves in the frozen foods and logistics sectors.

With space in cold storage centers tightening even before the annual Christmas build up of stocks, government ministers admit that in the worst case scenario lines of up to 7,000 trucks could stretch 17 miles to the vital port of Dover in the aftermath of the UK transitioning out of the EU.