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OPERATIONS
NAVIGATING
the unpredictable
With the supply chain under strain, processors say
longer-term planning is key to navigating the crisis.
By Allison Gibeson | petfoodprocessing@sosland.com
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Pet food manufacturers are facing supply chain disruptions
caused by both the pandemic and increased
demand, according to Peg Ray, senior manager, product
development and innovation, AIB International,
Manhattan, Kan.
To help mitigate this strain, industry experts said longterm
planning and a shift away from " just-in-time " operations
could be key to business operations in the future.
Becoming more flexible
Dana Brooks, president and chief executive officer of
Washington D.C.-based Pet Food Institute, said the
pandemic disrupted human food production which impacted
the availability of ingredients used in pet foods.
Additionally, Brooks said federal and state mandates
along with incentives for promoting renewable fuel production
have resulted in increased and unfair competition
for oils and fats, which is stressing the ingredient
supply chain even further. She said this has created an
advantage to the energy sector and a disadvantage for
companies purchasing ingredients for pet food.
Brooks also noted bottlenecks at ports have added
to the challenges in securing ingredients, and domestic
transportation issues continue to make it difficult for
companies to ensure vehicles, drivers and pallets.
Rick Ruffolo, president and chief executive officer,
Phelps Pet Products, Rockford, Ill., said all aspects of
the supply chain for pet foods and treats were impacted
by the pandemic during the last two years. The primary
concerns from his perspective were product availability,
increased lead times and higher costs, but he said the
most critical issue was the overall unpredictability of the
supply chain.
" This unpredictability has forced us to develop a
greater degree of flexibility in our production planning
process and expand our base of vendor partners to increase
our sources of supply of specific ingredients and
materials, " Ruffolo said.
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Domestic port
congestion in the
United States has
disrupted the supply
of ingredients
typically sourced
outside of the
United States.
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