Baby formula supplies increasing, say U.S. retailers Walmart and Target
 
 
 
 
 
 

Baby formula supplies increasing, say U.S. retailers Walmart and Target

/ 09:20 AM August 17, 2022

Two big U.S. retailers Walmart Inc. and Target Corp. said on Tuesday that supplies of baby formula were improving, months after the country faced acute shortages that had caused a panic among parents.

Considering the still-existing supply constraints, Target said it will continue with the purchase restrictions both at its stores and online.

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The shortage that began due to pandemic-induced supply chain issues worsened in February when Abbott Laboratories, the biggest U.S. supplier, recalled some products and closed a manufacturing plant after reports of bacterial infections.

In response, U.S. health regulators relaxed import policies and shipped in millions of cans of emergency supplies from companies such as Nestle SA and Reckitt Benckiser.

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Baby formula supplies increasing, say U.S. retailers Walmart and Target

A Walmart sign is seen inside its department store in West Haven, Connecticut, U.S., February 17, 2021. REUTERS/Mike Segar/File Photo

Abbott in early July partly restarted production of certain specialty and metabolic formulas at its Sturgis facility while also importing baby formula products from its international plants.

Walmart Chief Financial Officer John David Rainey said on an earnings call on Tuesday the shortage the company experienced in a “big way” in the second quarter was easing.

Data from market research firm IRI also showed stock levels for baby formula in U.S. stores have improved in recent weeks.

In its quarterly report, Walmart said it now expects a smaller drop in its annual profit as discounts to clear excess merchandise and lower fuel prices helped it beat quarterly sales expectations.

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