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Report Warns Pet Food Shortages May Last Through 2023


As people increase the number of pets in their homes and shortages and supply chain issues leave grocery store shelves thin and barren, experts are now warning that pet food stock may remain low through 2023.

There has been an increased number of animal adoptions during the pandemic, so people are buying more pet food.

The Wall Street Journal reports, “pet-food sales at supermarkets grew 6.9% over the past 52 weeks ended Nov. 27, compared with 2.3% for food overall, according to research firm NielsenIQ.”

“The crunch is putting some pet owners in a bind — particularly those whose pets require prescribed food or have dietary restrictions. Dogs and cats often get attached to a specific brand or flavor of food, pet owners said, and can have physical reactions if forced to change,” the report explains.

Pet food companies are now struggling to find ingredients for their recipes to accommodate the increased demand.

“J.M. Smucker Co. notified retailers in November that it would limit shipments of some pet-food products through January 2023, citing transportation challenges with the supply of wet food — which typically uses imported ingredients,” the report continued. “Freshpet Inc., which makes refrigerated dog food and dry food for cats, is expanding its suppliers of turkey and plastic film, used in packaging, and has added production capacity, said Chief Executive Billy Cyr. But equipment for new production lines is getting held up at ports, and construction materials are running low, he said.”

The empty shelves are also causing people to panic buy and stockpile their pet’s favorite meals — which in turn, increases the shortages.

Dan Lavalle, manager of Pet World in Natick, Massachusetts, told local station WCVB that he has been scrambling to keep shelves full.

“We’re on the phones daily with our suppliers and they’re trying to get the inventory as best as they can,” said Lavalle.

“Try to give your animal some different options to try so you’re not stuck one particular flavor. Get them to try another flavor by that company,” Lavalle suggested.

Eric Sives, a sales representative for Farmina Pet Foods, told the station that they are trying their best, but that shipping containers with the supplies they need are “stuck out in the ocean.”

“It’s tough on everyone, so we’re doing our best to try to get product in a timely manner. But it’s a matter of containers being stuck out in the ocean,” Sives said.

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5 responses to “Report Warns Pet Food Shortages May Last Through 2023”

  1. wescom says:

    In North Carolina local stores seem to have low, but mostly adequate stock of dry food. The wet food shelves as the article hinted at are indeed low stock. And yes, I now buy two bags of dry food instead of one. Just doing my part to exacerbate the problem.

    It also seems that many grocers are attempting to hide the empty shelves by filling them with bulking items. For example, where as once they would nest as many of those large plastic storage bins together to save valuable shelve space, they have moved much of the in stock items up front and filled the back aisles with “bulk.” In one store there where three rows of “un-nested” plastic bin just filling shelves. You don’t notice it at first, but when you do it does seem odd. Another store had all the drink ware un-nested. Again, it used to be drinking glasses, cups and plated would be stacked fairly tightly. They are now mostly un-nested and spread out just a bit more than to seemingly give the appearance of “nothing to see here” -ism.

    The shortages are real, the grocers are playing games to prevent panic. It’s there to see. You just have to want to see it.

    Merry Christmas! Anybody seen Brandon? If you do, please tell him it’s time to go.

    -wescom

  2. Devilsgun says:

    Double down and get some rabbits.

    Feed the rabbits grass clippings, vegetable scraps, etc. Kill and process the rabbits. Use the delicious rabbit meat to feed your obligate carnivore pets, enjoy some yourself, tan the pelt, repeat the process. Breed the rabbits to ensure a supply of tasty rabbit flesh, awesome pelts, AND amazing manure for your at-home garden.

    Quiet, delicious rebellion against the Davos shitbags. Rabbit meat is the Meat of the Future! While they eat bugs, we eat Bugs.

  3. Plaguen says:

    @WOLV256 I believe it is “I will eat your lefty ass like corn on the cob” as per the prophet Jones.

  4. pandusa says:

    Maybe the shit Libs will wake up when it affects “Pookie” the dressed up, long suffering pet.

  5. Wolv256 says:

    Take away my food and I will eat you, you woke jerks