Western Growers CEO says pandemic, restaurant shutdowns ‘threw a grenade’ into food supply chain

April 28, 2020 / By Joshua Nelson | Fox News

Western Growers Association CEO Dave Puglia told “America’s Newsroom” Tuesday that the coronavirus pandemic has been a “difficult” challenge for farmers due to the shutdown of restaurants and other parts of the food sector that rely on produce.

“We have in this country [a] highly sufficient and very safe food supply infrastructure,” Puglia said. “Those supply chains have been well developed over the years and when this shutdown happened–it literally blew them up.”

“We’re trying to re-piece all of our supply chains to be able to continue providing safe and affordable and fresh food to consumers through grocery outlets,” Puglia said, “but the loss of the restaurant sector really threw a grenade into the middle of our food supply chain.”


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Chris J. Stewart

Chris currently serves as Chief Executive Officer of Surgio Health as well as COO at Ortho Spine Partners. Chris has close to 20 years of healthcare management experience with an infinity to improve healthcare delivery through the development and implementation of innovative solutions that solve real problems that result in improved efficiencies, reduction of unnecessary financial & clinical variation, and help drive better patient outcomes. Previously, Chris was assistant vice president and business unit leader for HPG/HCA. He has presented at numerous healthcare forums on topics that include disruptive innovation, physician engagement, shifting reimbursement models, cost per clinical episode and the future of supply chain delivery.

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