F&B Manufacturing Continues to Grow: June ISM Report

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Economic activity in U.S. manufacturing expanded during the month of June, marking the 25th consecutive month of growth according to the most recent Manufacturing ISM® Report on Business®. The manufacturing PMI was 53%, 3.1 percentage points lower than May, indicating continued growth, but at a slower rate.

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The food, beverage, and tobacco industry reported moderate-to-strong growth. Supply chain and pricing continue to be the biggest concerns.

The prices index was down 3.7 percentage points to 78.5%, indicating some easing on that front. Some commodities continue to be in short supply, including temporary labor, which has been in this category for 14 months in a row, and packaging products, which has now been on this list for two straight months. The food, beverage, and tobacco industry also reported a decline in new orders, slower supplier deliveries, and employment growth.

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According to one industry respondent, “Business is slower than expected in volume, but revenue is on pace with our budget. Ocean freight costs are finally beginning to fall a bit. We are already receiving large orders for the fall, which is encouraging.”