Managing Surge Capacity and Boosting Resilience in Meat Supply Chains
CAPI commissioned Al Mussell and Darryl Robinson to revisit the findings of the 2020 feasibility study on small scale meat processing plants as a means of mitigating risks to meat supplies in Canada in light of Covid-19 disruptions. The 2020 CAPI study was prepared by University of Alberta Professor James Rude. The study found that simply building more, smaller/regional meat processing plants; engineering mandatory excess capacity into meat plants to provide additional space for workers; and increased use of automation in processing plants- would not independently secure meat supply chain resilience. The new 2021 Quick Think Report by Mussell and Robinson revisits the findings of this report within the current context and broaden its content in some critical aspects.