Can’t find your pet’s favorite food? Some stores seeing shortages

WNY retailers say their inventory is improving after supply chain issues and even bad weather caused shortages over the past few months.

Buffalo, NY – We love our pets and will do just about anything to make sure they are well taken care of, and for some that may mean searching for their favorite food.

Lately, you may have noticed that some online retailers are sold out and store shelves are empty, especially when it comes to cat food – more specifically wet cat food.

2 On Your Side reached out to the Pet Food Institute, a nonprofit organization, as well as Wegmans and Tops to get some answers.

The Pet Food Institute says a number of things have caused some pet food shortages, such as supply chain issues, slow commodity inspections, and delays in international shipping due to the pandemic.

Bad weather and power outages in places where pet food is made also cause problems.

“Availability of transportation and drivers, as well as weather incidents, can affect the movement of components and finished products across the country. This can be compounded by regulatory and business developments in supplies and components that ripple the supply chain,” said Dana Brooks, President and CEO of the Institute of Technology. Pet Foods, based in Washington, DC, says delays in international shipments or slow inspections due to the pandemic.

Brooks also says pet owners spend more time with their animals, feed them more, and buy more treats.

“The Pet Food Institute (PFI) strongly encourages shoppers to regularly purchase only the amount of food they need. Ensure that pet food manufacturers in America are working to safely produce food for your pets, and we recommend contacting the individual company for assistance with this,” Brooks said.

A spokesperson for Wegmans said they are getting less wet cat food and some cat treats because a lot of these items are made in Arkansas, which has experienced snow blackouts, which in turn hampered production.

Wegmans said they saw more shortages in February and early March, but the problems are waning and shipments are picking up again.

A spokesperson for Tops said they have a comprehensive hygienic supply of pet food, but the lack of ingredients and containers has already affected their supply of wet cat food. Tops said they expect stocks to be restocked by mid-May and early June.

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