Pied Piper Pet and Wildlife Inc. laid off about one-fourth of its employees, according to Workforce Solutions of west central Texas USA.
Following the layoffs of 43 people, 113 employees remain with the Hamlin, Texas, USA-based company, according to Mary Ross, executive director of Workforce Solutions in Abilene, Texas USA. Ross said the layoffs may be temporary and the result of declining demand for the higher priced petfoods produced by the company for various clients.
“They are hoping to get some new contracts in a few months and bring those people back,” Ross said.
Ross said representatives from Workforce Solutions have met with officials and employees at Pied Piper Pet and Wildlife to offer their services.
While cat trends continue, the pandemic has added to overall slow-growth treatment of the cat food market.
Premiumization and humanization, as well as automation, fueled continued operation growth in spite of the COVID-19 pandemic.