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SUPPLY CHAIN
Adapting as they go
Mitch Felderhoff, president of Muenster Milling
Company, Muenster, Texas, reported supply chain challenges
have been widespread and evolving with lead
times changing constantly and product unexpectedly
being unavailable. He said the predominant causes have
been related to labor shortages from the supply chain
or freight difficulties. To overcome these challenges,
Muenster is producing product based on what ingredients
are in stock rather than what is most efficient.
" We have a constantly evolving production schedule
which has forced us to build inventory aggressively so
we can meet customer demand, " Felderhoff said. " We're
buying twice as much inventory as we were before, constantly
interviewing additional supply chain opportunities,
hiring additional staff any time we can and trying
to be as transparent as possible with our customer base. "
Looking forward, Felderhoff expects anything affected
by ocean freight will continue to be a struggle for
12 months or more due to container shortages, cargo
freight shortages and COVID-19 challenges within the
countries exporting supplies to the United States.
For NaturPak Pet, Janesville, Wis., lead times for supplies
keep increasing due to the availability of raw materials,
transportation - both domestically and internationally
- and packaging.
" Over the course of the last 18 months, we have
learned to plan our productions based off the new lead
times, but it takes much longer to get from raw materials
ordered to finished product, " said Kevin Carroll,
key accounts manager for NaturPak Pet. " We have invested
in equipment to increase our production allowing
us to purchase larger quantities and be less dependent
on transportation. " Based on communication from
NaturPak's suppliers, the company expects domestic and
international transportation issues will continue.
Executives at General Mills also expect rising input
costs, labor shortages and supply chain issues to persist.
For the foreseeable future, the supply chain environment
will remain dynamic and challenging for pet food
processors with supply and demand imbalances and
constrained transportation and labor markets.
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