Exclusive: Maker of Walmart, Amazon store-brand infant formulas expects shortages through rest of 2022

Empty shelves show a shortage of baby formula at a CVS store in San Antonio, Texas, US May 10, 2022. REUTERS/Kaylee Greenlee Beal

Register now for FREE unlimited access to Reuters.com

NEW YORK, May 13 (Reuters) – Perrigo Company PLC (PRGO.N), which makes store-brand baby formulas for retailers including Walmart Inc (WMT.N) and Amazon.com Inc (AMZN.O) expects shortages and heightened demand to last for the « balance of the year, » said CEO Murray Kessler in an interview with Reuters.

Perrigo’s formula manufacturing facilities in Ohio and Vermont are now running at 115% of full capacity, Kessler said. At the request of the US Food and Drug Administration, the company is making only four items, the store-brand versions of Similac Pro Sensitive and Pro Advance and Enfamil Gentle Ease and Infant, Kessler said.

The infant formula maker is also working with retailers including Walmart and Target Corp (TGT.N) so they « get something every week, » Kessler said. Retailers’ allocations are based on an average of what the retailers’ received prior to « this crisis, » he said.

The closure of an Abbott Laboratories (ABT.N) infant-formula plant in Michigan exacerbated pandemic-related shortages, leading to empty shelves in big box stores and supermarkets.

Register now for FREE unlimited access to Reuters.com

Reporting by Jessica DiNapoli in New York Editing by Nick Zieminski

Our Standards: The Thomson Reuters Trust Principles.

Laisser un commentaire