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Water biscuits sunk by flooding
Water biscuits
The factory produces 43m packets of water biscuits a year
A famous brand of crackers has fallen victim to the floods that devastated parts of Cumbria in January.

Retailers are reporting a shortage of Carr's Table Water, which are baked at the United Biscuits factory in Carlisle's Caldewgate.

Production ceased as the factory became one of the first casualties of the floods, and there are fears that supplies are drying up.

However, United Biscuits say they hope to begin production within four weeks.

The factory normally produces 43m packets a year of the cracker, which first appeared in the 19th century as a refinement of the ships biscuit.

Jodie Phillips, who runs a delicatessen in Carlisle, said: "Carr's Table Water are very popular with customers, but we haven't been able to get hold of them at all recently, none of our suppliers seem to be carrying them."

United Biscuits said in a statement: "Obviously after a disruption of this scale there has been an impact of supply to our customers.

"Plans are in place over the next four weeks to start up another four baking lines."

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