On behalf of North America’s fresh produce industry, the CPMA and its partners are calling for urgent government action to address significant ongoing supply chain disruptions with impacts to food systems, economies, and ultimately individuals and families across the continent and around the globe.
The joint statement begins: “The COVID-19 global pandemic has created unprecedented public health, economic, and logistical challenges for communities and supply chains around the world. The fresh fruit and vegetable industry has been no exception. From the seed to the dinner plate, our sector has continued to work daily to find solutions to mitigate the impact of the outbreak and ensure consumers continue to have access to our safe, healthy and nutritious products.
“Almost two years since the start of the pandemic, substantial increases in costs and delays along the supply chain threaten our food security and the long-term economic viability of the North American fresh produce sector. It is important to note that these costs cannot be fully borne by the industry and will ultimately be passed to consumers. Sadly, these increases, which are already being felt by the end consumer are likely to escalate, affecting most those who can least afford it.”
Ongoing supply chain disruptions cited in the report include:
- Crippling port congestion
- Delays and exploding costs in container shipping
- Cascading effects of inconsistent product delivery
- Continuing labour shortages across the supply chain
- Growing input shortages
- Stockpiling of product by consumers
To read the full statement, please visit CPMA.ca.