The Wake From the Suez Canal Blockage Is Hitting Parts of CPG Industry

April 5, 2021
The ripple effect from the Ever Given container ship being stuck in the canal is now being felt within parts of the consumer packaged goods industry, including the cheese and coffee markets.

While the saga of the Suez Canal has finally come to a close, the ripple effects of the blockage are now being felt within some parts of the consumer packaged goods industry. The 1,312-foot 200,000-ton Ever Given container ship ran aground March 23, bringing the global supply chain to a halt. For six days, more than 400 ships sat waiting, creating a traffic jam as the world looked on.

Some of the vessels in waiting were ships for Cargill, which recently told Minneapolis' Star Tribune it had 13 vessels caught in the backlog, some of which contained grain and vegetable oil. According to the report, Cargill had been warning its customers that their shipments might be delayed.

Other reports indicate products like cheese and coffee have been stalled due to shipping issues and consumers may feel the effects at grocery stores and retail outlets in the very near future. According to reports, Costco recently blamed a shortage of imported cheese on the shipping container shortfall.

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Erin A. Hallstrom

Erin Hallstrom oversaw our digital content strategy for the Food Processing brand from 2008-2023. She is now the Associate Director of SEO Strategy for Endeavor Business Media, where she holds technical certifications in both website analytics and search engine optimization. Most recently, she was named the 2022 Marianne Dekker Mattera Award Winner

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