Omicron Wreaks Havoc on Workforce
Victoria Campisi, The Food Institute
Jan 13, 2022
The COVID-19 omicron variant is impacting every corner of the food industry.
Case in point: the 2022 Annual Meat Conference, scheduled for February 7-9 in Washington, D.C., has been canceled. The North American Meat Institute (NAMI) and the Food Industry Association (FMI) announced the cancellation Wednesday due to concerns about the highly contagious virus variant, according to multiple reports.
Omicron is especially disrupting the food industry’s workforce.
Restaurants are closing and cutting hours due to a lack of staff, as workers isolate after becoming infected with COVID-19, while restaurants that are in operation are struggling to keep up with orders due to reduced staff, reported Reuters (Jan. 10).
Starbucks is limiting hours at some cafes, while delivery drivers have reported waiting longer to pick up orders at McDonald’s, to name just a couple of the companies being hit.
However, the issue goes beyond just foodservice.
MEAT PRODUCTION SLOWS ...
FACTORY WORKERS HIT BY VIRUS ...
RETAIL EMPLOYEES FEELING BURNT OUT ...
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