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OPERATIONS

Processing in a

PANDEMIC
Keeping pet food facilities purring throughout COVID-19
By Constance Cullman, president and chief executive officer, American Feed Industry Association | ccullman@afia.com

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Think about it: at the beginning of 2020, how many of
your colleagues' pets' names did you know? Now, after
a year of Zoom calls with cats walking across keyboards
and dogs barking in the background, you probably recognize quite a few of them. If you did not know it before,
it has become abundantly clear throughout the coronavirus pandemic the important role that pets play in our
daily lives.
Although the pandemic has brought some industries,
such as foodservice and travel, to a screeching halt, the
pet food industry churned out more food and treats
than ever last year. In fact, Packaged Facts recently estimated the US pet food and treats market at $39 billion
in 2020, up from $37 billion in 2019, a rise it credits to
increased pet adoptions as Americans turned to companion animals for comfort and a boom in e-commerce

sales, particularly on websites like Amazon and Chewy.
To keep pets fed throughout the crisis - particularly
in the early days as Americans stocked their pantries
with staple foods, including pet food - over 500 pet
food manufacturers across the country rose to the task.
Many of these manufacturers, which I am proud to call
members of the American Feed Industry Association
(AFIA), recently spoke to our staff about how they
adapted their businesses to meet the dual challenges
of protecting employee health while providing a safe,
abundant pet food supply.

Despite the
challenges the
pandemic posed,
demand remained
high for pet food
and treats and
processors adapted
quickly to keep
employees safe and
pets fed.
Sosland Publishing Co.

Industry response to COVID-19

On the topic of safety, manufacturers worked to not
only install barriers and safety signage, obtain personal
protective equipment and train staff on new COVID-19

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