Who Are the Essential Workers in the Dairy Ingredient Supply Chain?
All over social media, “#Essential” has been popping up to reference and highlight the many essential workers throughout the country who continue to do their work under today’s challenging conditions. Food industry workers make up a significant share of these essential workers. The farming, processing, warehousing, transporting, and retailing of food have all been deemed essential functions by the government, and rightly so, considering how vital an uninterrupted food supply is at this time.
Here we explore what essential workers in the dairy ingredient supply chain do on a day-to-day basis and how important it is that they’re able to meet the heightened demand for retail food products. Through the implementation of social distancing and other safety measures, these workers are faithfully working through the COVID-19 crisis to provide needed nutrition to people across the country.
It all begins on the farm. Dairy farmers are responsible for feeding and caring for their cows every day of the week. They must also maintain, clean, and sanitize the milking equipment and holding tanks, milk the cows, and prepare the milk for pickup.
Truck drivers make up the next link in the chain and are essential throughout the supply chain wherever milk or milk products are moved from one place to the next. They work tirelessly to get dairy products wherever they need to go on time and in good condition to ensure food safety.