U.S. dairy exports outperformed in 2021 thus far. While that would have been remarkable in its own right, it was all the more amazing given the port, shipping and trucking obstacles exporting companies encountered along the way. In the latest episode of The Dairy Download, we talk with two experts keeping up a steady flow of shipments despite snarls at U.S. ports.

First up is Derik Toy, Director of Supply Chain at DairyAmerica, the world’s largest milk powder marketer. He discusses the company’s struggles with getting products to customers on time, and how DairyAmerica is reconfiguring its supply chain to overcome those issues. He also gives his outlook on when congestion and delays might ease.

Next, we speak with Mark Benson, Chief Procurement Officer and Vice President of Government Affairs and Global Responsibility at Leprino Foods. Utilizing different ports, establishing new logistics hubs and adding labor – all are strategies the company is adopting to help keep its products moving. What else needs to happen to ease port congestion? Benson offers his thoughts.

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