Meat Plant Closures Tighten Supplies for Retailers, Increase Prices for Consumers

May 6, 2020 CoBank

The reduction of meat processing capacity caused by U.S. plant closures and slowdowns has created a massive bottleneck in the nation’s meat and livestock supply chain. Nearly two dozen plants that process beef and pork products closed in April due to the COVID-19 outbreak, while many others have had to slow their production as a result of the disease.

Grocers Limiting Meat Purchases

To help avoid a meat shortage, supermarkets are beginning to limit customers to 2 pounds of ground beef and two other meat products per purchase. It has lifted earlier restrictions on canned and dried goods.

UNFI Names Jim Gehr Chief Supply Chain Officer

May 4, 2020 United Natural Foods

In this role, Gehr will lead an organization of over 12,000 associates working across four regions and 59 distribution centers, delivering 1.3 billion cases annually to UNFI’s more than 30,000 customers.

It’s Time to Talk More Seriously About the Food Supply

April 15, 2020 Zachary B. Wolf, CNN

The current situation is this: Farmers are dumping food, including milk, even as people grow increasingly desperate and lines grow at food banks.

Meatpacking Closures ‘Disastrous’ For Supply Chain

April 14, 2020 RYAN MCCRIMMON, Politico

Smithfield Foods on Sunday announced that its pork processing plant in Sioux Falls, S.D., one of the largest in the country, is “closed until further notice.” Besides the impact on consumers, Smithfield Foods’ CEO Kenneth Sullivan also warned of “severe, perhaps disastrous repercussions” up and down the supply chain — especially for livestock producers.