The U.S. Department of Labor received 3.28 million initial unemployment claims in the week ending March 21. However, pet food ingredient, equipment and packaging suppliers remain at work. U.S. Department of Homeland Security officials defined some dog, cat and other food industry professionals as “Essential Critical Infrastructure Workers” during the COVID-19 pandemic. As more American search for work that ever in history, the Petfood Industry Career Center provides more than 400 opportunities around the nation.
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As the COVID-19 pandemic unfolds, the global economy falters as numerous nations freeze travel, millions stay home, hospitals overflow and thousands die. However, the pet food industry may prove resilient to this turmoil and tragedy. Pet owners purchased large quantities of dog, cat and other pet food as they prepared for the pandemic, as a General Mills’ executive noted about Blue Buffalo sales in March. He believes pet food sales will remain strong despite the effects of the pandemic and its economic aftermath, citing the inelasticity of demand for pet food during the Great Recession.
Similarly, Packaged Facts publisher David Sprinkle believes that pet food’s performance during the Great Recession may give hope during the current market crash and volatility. Pet foods and treats even may have gotten a short-term bump the first quarter of the year, as pet owners stocked up, Sprinkle wrote in “Pet market bulletin: Assessing coronavirus impacts on the pet industry.” Supply chains may be disrupted though.
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