June 12, 2018

Pork, poultry industries face supply and labor challenges

The two “Ps” of the meat industry – poultry and pork – face many of the same challenges in today’s market as consumption of both proteins continues to grow and expected production increases have analysts weighing the impact and possible outcomes. During a June 4 presentation at the Sosland Purchasing Seminar, Christine McCracken, an executive director at Rabobank focusing on animal protein, discussed how both segments face headwinds when it comes to labor shortages at processing plants now and in the foreseeable future, but issues such as the impact of retaliatory tariffs on exports and trade conflicts are bigger hurdles for pork than for poultry.

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