Two cargo planes full of biscuits were flown into South Yorkshire in the past two weeks in response to a biscuit shortage in the UK.
The shortage was caused by flooding in Cumbria forcing United Biscuits – who manufacture products under McVitie’s, Jacob’s and Crawford’s – to close its Carlisle factory.
The factory closed on 5 December due to damage to electrical equipment and ovens.
Doncaster Sheffield Airport, also known as Robin Hood airport, welcomed two Boeing 777 aircrafts filled with biscuits, which should help to satisfy Britain’s biscuit cravings until the United Biscuits factory is fully up and running again.
Dayle Hauxwell, cargo manager for the airport told Doncaster Free Press: “There has been a lot of press coverage about Britain’s biscuit shortage following the floods in December and we are pleased to hear that the factories hope to be up and running again this month.
"In the mean time we’ve been delighted to welcome two flights from Emirates full of the nation’s favourite biscuits.”
A statement from United Biscuits on 5 March said that the factory is now “well on its way to the full resumption of baking”.
Mike Heaney, Factory General Manager at United Biscuits said: “Encouragement from our loyal biscuit fans has kept our teams going and we thank everyone for their support. We also appreciate the collaboration from our retail and trade customers.
“It’s been awful not to be baking biscuits, so we thank everyone that has helped us along the way to get production back up and running”.
10 best biscuits
10 best biscuits
1/10 Duchy Originals Sicilian Lemon All-Butter Shortbread
How do you make all-butter shortbread even better? Add some crystallised Sicilian lemon peel for a zesty kick. These are baked in the Scottish Highlands, using flour from wheat grown on Prince Charles’ Duchy Home Farm at Highgrove. £1.99 for 150g, waitrose.com
2/10 Marks & Spencer Pineapple and White Chocolate Coconut Cookies
These buttery summer-themed biscuits are just the thing to accompany a cuppa in the garden. The chocolate keeps them indulgent, while the pineapple and coconut flavours are just the right combination of sweetness and tanginess. £1.99 for 200g, marksandspencer.com (in store only)
3/10 McVities Hobnobs
When McVities launched these oat biscuits back in the 80s, they created a classic overnight. They’ve since made plenty of variants, including milk chocolate, plain chocolate and HobNob bars. We like the rustic-looking, flapjack-like originals. £1.19 for 300g (or 2 packs for £2) www.tesco.com
4/10 Hotel Chocolat Boucanier Biscuits
Chocolate biscuits don’t get better than this, cocoa shortbread biscuits made with roasted cocoa nibs and hazelnuts, covered in not-too-sweet 70 per cent dark chocolate. No wonder this recipe, from Hotel Chocolat’s restaurant in Saint Lucia, is secret. £7.50 for 185g, hotelchocolat.com
5/10 Carluccios Honey and Almond Cantucci
Carluccio’s range includes particularly good cantucci, a traditional Tuscan almond and honey biscuit to dip in dessert wine or enjoy with coffee. £5.50 for 300g, carluccios.com
6/10 Memento White Chocolate & Cranberry Chunk Cookies
For under a quid, you get seasonal, fruity and crunchy biscuits that will do for any occasion. The combination of the chocolate and cranberry makes them the right balance of sweet and sour. 99p for 200g, aldi.co.uk (in store only)
7/10 Betty’s Yorkshire Gingerbread
From the first bite of one of these handmade biscuits, you feel like you’re eating something your grandmother baked. Warm and hearty, and made with both ground ginger and stem ginger, the only problem is they’re too good to stop at one. £4.75 for 190g, bettys.co.uk
8/10 Tesco 5 Spotty Candy Soft Cookies
For kids who love sweets, these combine American-style soft cookies with small Smartie-like candies. Big and colourful, they come in a handy hard plastic package. £1.99 for 100g, .tesco.com
9/10 Fortnum’s Afternoon Tea Biscuits, Strawberries and Cream
If you like sweet biscuits, you won’t be able to resist these light, crisp and creamy offerings made exclusively for Fortnum’s. The tin makes them a great gift. £12.95, fortnumandmason.com
10/10 Lotus Biscoff Caramelised Biscuits
Known as the “little red biscuit,” these are the tasty biccies you usually get with coffee in hairdressers. We like the way they’re individually wrapped, ideal to take to work or on a day out. £1.10 for 100g, mysupermarket.co.uk
A previous statement said that during the factory closure many United Biscuits employees had been using their free time to support the community in Carlisle which was adversely affected by the floods – including “local door to door biscuit drops”.