perfect storm

Hurricanes, and a perfect storm in the making

Hurricanes Harvey and Irma have provided all the pictures and stories that the newscasts and newspaper columns could ever want in recent weeks.  Understandably, the focus has been on the here and now.  The US hog and pork industry has not been severely affected by Hurricane Irma but, at the time of writing, it remains to be seen if the tropical storm will affect facilities in North Carolina. In this Blog, however, I want to raise issues that go beyond the immediate impact of this extraordinary hurricane season. In particular, I want to draw attention to a “perfect storm” that Continue reading

Are US pork exporters facing a perfect storm?

The last two years – 2011 and 2012 – have been remarkable for US pork exporters. They worked hard and they supplied a quality product but, in crude terms, it was like selling central heating to Eskimos. They had a long list of plus factors on their side; Continue reading