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Gina Tumbarello appointed to supply chain advisory committee

Tumbarello will contribute her expertise to improve supply chain sustainability and competitiveness.

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The American Feed Industry Association (AFIA) recently announced a significant appointment that aims to enhance the United States' supply chain competitiveness. Gina Tumbarello, the organization's senior director of global strategies, policy, and trade, has been selected to serve on the Advisory Committee on Supply Chain Competitiveness. This appointment was made by the U.S. Secretary of Commerce, Gina Raimondo.

Tumbarello will play a critical role in providing expertise and advice on the development of programs and policies that are designed to bolster the competitiveness and sustainability of U.S. supply chains, particularly those related to the animal food industry.

According to AFIA President and CEO Constance Cullman, the animal food industry has faced various logistical and operational challenges, including labor disputes, transportation infrastructure issues, and political conflicts, affecting the timely and cost-effective fulfillment of customer orders. While some issues have been addressed, the industry remains vigilant about potential future challenges.

The Advisory Committee on Supply Chain Competitiveness, established in November 2011, advises the commerce secretary on establishing a national policy framework focused on improving freight infrastructure. The goal is to support U.S. export growth, enhance economic competitiveness, and improve the efficiency of both domestic and international supply chains, including those vital to the feed and pet food sectors.

In 2023, the U.S. animal food industry made a substantial economic impact, exporting over $13.1 billion in feed and pet food products. The industry's overall sales are estimated to have generated over $267.1 billion, with $98.4 million in value-added revenue to other industries throughout the United States.

The addition of Tumbarello's expertise to the advisory committee is expected to significantly contribute to advancing the interests of the American animal feed industry and its stakeholders.

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