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OVERCOMING
REGULATORY
obstacles
Industry challenges continue to keep
pet food manufacturers on their toes.
By Louise Calderwood | petfoodprocessing@sosland.com
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Headlines of Pet Food Processing articles over the last
year have highlighted increasing pet ownership, expanding
pet food sales, exciting developments in production
and packaging, and escalating pet food exports - all
harbingers of a growing, robust sector. But tucked in
amongst the forward-looking stories about new ingredients
and expanding opportunities are headlines that
speak to the challenges of pet food manufacturing.
Writers mention complications with ingredient procurement,
packaging sourcing, finding and retaining
employees, managing freight, and potential risks to the
availability of meat and poultry products due to livestock
diseases. Regulatory hurdles also hamper some
sectors of the pet food industry.
Certainly, the COVID-19 pandemic has contributed
to the problems faced by many manufacturers, but most
of the issues predate March 2020. What is the root cause
of these problems? What have businesses and federal and
state governments done to address the shortage of truckers,
employees, ingredients and packaging? What are the
forecasts for recovery and what are ongoing (and new)
stressors in the pet food aisle? And perhaps most importantly,
what is being done to address these challenges?
Transportation
The bottlenecks stifling transportation are not new
- they have been developing for years. At a recent
American Feed Industry Association (AFIA) conference,
Andrew Hwang, manager of maritime business
development and international marketing at the Port
of Oakland, explained that some of the challenges ports
have been experiencing have been going on for years
and were only exacerbated during the pandemic. These
trials include things such as: ships getting larger, meaning
more cargo needs to be unloaded, yet there is less
space for them to dock or turn around; the need for
modern cranes that can operate at higher speeds, given
older cranes can't support new vessels; traffic congestion;
lack of parking for truckers; and more.
Many ports are currently conducting studies on land
use, transportation issues, truck operations/container
parking, economic impacts, utility infrastructure and
environment/air quality - to evaluate what they will
need in the future. Long-term investment is needed to
truly solve these issues.
The American Trucking Association (ATA) reports
that there is a current shortage of 80,000 truck drivers
across the country, up from a shortage of 60,000 drivers
heading into the pandemic. Increasing wages are helping
to ease the shortage, but skyrocketing fuel prices
continue to plague the sector. In 2019, the median salary
for truck drivers was a bit over $45,000 per year; it
now stands around $56,500. The ATA estimates average
pay for truck drivers has increased more than 25%
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Passage of the Ocean
Shipping Reform
Act could help to
alleviate unreasonable
restrictions and unfair
costs for ocean freight.
Port of Oakland
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