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Zero-Tariff Access for U.S. Pork in China Would Double U.S. Pork Sales

China is the world s largest producer and consumer of pork and, until recently, it only imported a relatively small percentage of its consumption. But China has been ravaged by African swine fever (ASF), with approximately half of its hog production wiped out. Unfortunately, because of trade disputes with the U.S., China has placed punitive tariffs of 60% on U.S. pork, bringing the total tariff on U.S. pork to 72%. NPPC is advocating for the... Read More

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FAPC Predicts Top Food Trends For 2020

Protein options, refrigerated snacks, a new generation of foodies and more are on the menu for 2020, as the Oklahoma State University Robert M. Kerr Food and Agricultural Products Center selects the hottest food trends for the upcoming year. Andrea Graves, FAPC business planning and marketing specialist, said change is inevitable and trends help indicate what is coming next. “Businesses need to pay attention to trends in order to find new growth opportunities and their... Read More

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2019 Gratitude Donations

SC 2 (Supply Chain Synergy Consultants) is pleased to announce that from our 2019 earnings we are donating $500.00 to the Gary Sinise Foundation and $500.00 to Cherry Creek Vally Rotary of Parker CO. SC 2 had an incredible second year of business and we are so pleased we can provide funding to these great organizations. Thank you for all my wonderful clients for making these donations possible.... Read More

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Tighter Cattle Supplies Will Boost 2020 Prices

Mother Nature threw enough obstacles at ranching in 2019 to discourage even the most hardened of cowboys. They responded by sending more heifers and cows to slaughter than expected, which has given analysts reason for optimism in 2020. “Broadly speaking, 2020 is shaping up to be better than 2019 for cattle prices,” says Kansas State University livestock economist Glynn Tonsor. “The main drivers would be that we are slowing down the volume of production of... Read More

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Vietnam Needs More Pork

Vietnam is expected to fall short of nearly 200,000 tons of pork in the fourth quarter of the year due to African swine fever (ASF), reports the country s Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development. As of mid-November, nearly 5.9 million of pigs have been culled or some 337,000 tons of pork, reports Xinhuanet . This makes up 8.8% of the total pig weight nationwide. According to agricultural deputy Minister Phung Duc Tien, the average... Read More

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Get the Right People on the Bus in the Right Seats – Talent Shortage in Supply Chain

“It is better to first get the right people on the bus , the wrong people off the bus , and the right people in the right seats, and then figure out where to drive”. James C. Collins Have you tried to hire a senior supply chain department leader for your company lately? I have, and it is a struggle! Issues arise from not committing to relocate, something in their past company that gives you... Read More

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How Private Equity Looks at Outsourcing to Drive Alpha

It is estimated that private equity has nearly 1 trillion USD in available capital to deploy, that is a great deal of money to put to work. In today s market, the search for Alpha is in strong investor demand, investors are more discerning in whom they allocate dollars. Investors want to be confident that PE s can put all that dry powder to work in high valuation opportunities. To support in PE s ability... Read More

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Why you should have a restaurant GPO in your Supply Chain

Purchasing plays a critical, sometimes strategic, role in restaurant performance where it often has control over half or more of the restaurant s total costs. Restaurants are pressured to streamline the purchasing processes in an attempt to lower costs and inventory and improve product quality. A GPO is a way of accomplishing this goal. GPO s are primarily focused on buyer-to-buyer collaboration. Broadly, cooperative purchasing relates to a relationship between two or more buyers that... Read More

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