The COVID-19 Pandemic Disrupts Food and Beverage Supply Chains in the U.S.

Temporary halts at food manufacturing facilities demonstrate fragility of food supply chains and underscore its importance for the economy

The COVID-19 pandemic has brought challenges to the food and beverage supply chains in the United States, causing disruptions to meat processing plants as well as a shortage of carbon dioxide. Meat processing plants have been forced to shut down, leading to operational and logistical bottlenecks, while low production rates at ethanol plants have in turn disrupted operations in the beverage industry. The subsequent impacts are felt both in the domestic market, with plant closures, price increases, and product shortages, as well as through international trade and exports. Major food and beverage manufacturers are likely to face long-term challenges as the industry sets out to counteract the effects of the pandemic.

This Resilience360 Special Report provides insights on how the COVID-19 pandemic has impacted the meat and beverage sector in the U.S., areas that have been the most impacted and the challenges to anticipate when planning and ensuring smooth supply chain operations.

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