Nation's suppliers cut loose 99% distributors

Discussion in 'General Preparedness Discussion' started by JayJay, Feb 25, 2011.

  1. JayJay

    JayJay Well-Known Member

    I 'borrowed' this from another site---I'll give it back, I promise!:ignore:

    This puts some numbers is the rumors I have been hearing for about a year now from people that tried to order food like they had previously but will have to wait now. It shows the folly of waiting to buy until others want food, following the heard doesn't always work out and food is important.

    It really is a small world ... especially in the preparedness and survival industries. With a community that prides itself on staying informed, you can't really keep things secret for long. So it's no surprise that we were among the first to get wind of some very unsettling news. In fact, it was so disturbing that we felt it was only right to share with you what we've learned.

    One of the nation's largest suppliers of dehydrated food has cut loose 99% of their dealers and distributors. And it's not because of the poor economy. It's because this particular industry leader can no longer supply their regular distribution channels. Why not? Because they're using every bit of manufacturing capacity they have to fulfill massive new government contracts. Look, the government has always been a customer of the industry to some extent. But according to our sources, this latest development doesn't represent simply a change of vendor on the government's part. It's a whole new magnitude of business.

    And that's not all.

    Apparently, even though they've cut off their regular consumer markets, the industry leader I've just mentioned still can't produce enough survival food to meet the government's vast requirements. How do we know? Earlier this month, FEMA (the Federal Emergency Management Agency) put out a Request for Proposal, or RFP, for even more dehydrated food. The RFP called for a 10-day supply of meals - for 14 million people. That's 420 million meals. Typically, FEMA maintains a stockpile of about 6 million meals. Why the sudden need to increase the stockpile by 420 million more? (And that's in addition to whatever our aforementioned industry leader is supplying.) It almost seems like they're trying to stock a modern day "Noah's Ark," doesn't it?

    By the way, just days after the RFP went online, it suddenly went "poof" ... vanished. Could it be that some high level official suddenly realized he was letting the cat out of the bag? That people aren't stupid, and would recognize the implications of 420 million emergency meals? Has the government removed the RFP from the public process and approached potential suppliers privately instead? We may never know.

    But here's what we do know. This kind of spending by a minor government agency in this economy just doesn't make sense ... unless there are extraordinary circumstances behind it, circumstances we aren't privy to. Because Congress has failed to pass a budget, the government is now operating under what's called a continuing resolution. The practical effect of this continuing resolution is that the government stays in business, but all extras are curtailed. Agencies spend far less on travel and training expenses, for instance. And they certainly don't start stockpiling supplies.

    In this economic climate, you would expect FEMA also to be minimizing expenses. But clearly, they're not. If you do the math, the approximate tab for 420 million meals comes to about a billion dollars.

    What is so urgent that FEMA is spending a billion dollars on survival food?

    Could officials be worried about extensive power grid damage from solar flares? (A big one hit last week and took out communications in China.) Are they worried about riots and demonstrations causing gridlock in communities? (The demonstrations in Wisconsin and Ohio have been peaceful so far ... but look what happened in Egypt.) Are they worried about terrorist attacks? (Some reports say that there's been more "chatter" lately on terrorist communication networks.)
    But here's the most important question. No matter what it is - are you ready for it?

    Are the cans of soup and the extra jar of peanut butter in your pantry going to be enough? How long will it last you? Because let's face it, in a true emergency, forget about finding what you need at the store. You know what it's like when there's even a moderate snowstorm in the forecast - no bottled water, no toilet paper, no bread to be found anywhere. The shelves are stripped bare in hours. Most people simply don't realize how fragile the food distribution system is in this country. In order to squeeze out every penny of profits, most stores now use just-in-time inventory systems, which leave no margin for error. Any kind of natural or manmade catastrophe would cut supply lines to the stores and leave millions of people with no way of getting food. And it could be anything. Power outages. Riots. A terrorist attack. Flooding. Blizzards. Hurricanes.

    If you've never gotten around to buying an emergency food supply,
    now is the time.
  2. JayJay

    JayJay Well-Known Member

    I sent this to the ostriches...I mean friends... on my contact list...:scratch

  3. Clarice

    Clarice Well-Known Member

    I worked for a government funded agency for a short time years ago. I was head bookkeeper. As we neared the end of our fiscal year the head of the agency came in my office and wanted to know how much money was left, I told her and she said spend it, on what I asked, she said to get with all departments and get list on what they would like to have but spend every penny. The fact was if we didn't spend it our next budget would be cut. Maybe that is what is going on with FEMA.
  4. MrSfstk8d

    MrSfstk8d Well-Known Member

    As far as the budget thing goes, yes, that's how fed budgets work. If you don't spend what you've got, you OBVIOUSLY don't need it, so next year's will be smaller. Better to spend too much and get more next year. However, spending a billion dollars on a single project seems a mighty fishy way to exhaust your budget overrun.
  5. OldCootHillbilly

    OldCootHillbilly Reverend Coot

    FEMA is buildin many new shelters an food storage sites. They got caught with there pants down with Katrina an are tryin ta prepare fer the next wave a disasters, bein that man made er natural.

    If ya stop an think about it, they ain't gonna have enough food set aside fer everbody, yes a billion dollars is alot ta us, but think of feedin 10's of thousands er more people 2 ta 3 meals a day. That ain't goin very far.

    Plus, it more en likely be time ta restock the government offical bunkers, there food stores er getin up there in years now.

    This be why ya don't wanna count on companies such as Mountain House fer all yer needs. We dry an pack most all our own foods. Found that we can seal mylar bags with our foodsaver an the rest we have learned ta can. Nice thing bout this, we know what wen't in there an have just what we wan't in our pantry. So, from our standpoint the Mountain House shortage has had no effect on us. I have a feelin, the day will come when there sorry they cut off 99% a there dealers. Some people don't ferget real well.
  6. JayJay

    JayJay Well-Known Member

    Possibly oldcoot---I read some of the military supply stores get their inventory from unused, but old supplies...maybe they do the same with food ???
  7. OldCootHillbilly

    OldCootHillbilly Reverend Coot

    After Katrina, they had a huge warehouse full a bags a ice, kept payin storage on it fer over 3 years, finally they pay'd somebody ta haul it off.
  8. BlueShoe

    BlueShoe ExCommunicated

    This just happened to someone I know in a state office environment. They had computers replaced not long ago and they were functioning well, but suddenly they got new computers. Then it came out that the department had to spend money or it was going to lose it. Where did all the tablets go that they replaced?
  9. OldCootHillbilly

    OldCootHillbilly Reverend Coot

    Basement storage untill it is cleared that they can be desposed of. They'll sit round an gather dust fer a spell.
  10. The_Blob

    The_Blob performing monkey

    I sure hope they have a better means of receiving payment than my buddy & I did a few years ago...

    they got their "stuff" on time, 100% correct & satisfied...

    we didn't get paid until the END of the fiscal year...

    we almost went out of business...

    I sold my half to him 'officially' & now 'consult'...

    ALL orders are now payment in advance...

    because teh govt is corrupt