Navigating an Unprecedented Supply Chain

Josh Gellert, Michael Murphy, Camerican International, Food Imports, Supply Chain

How is Camerican International navigating an unprecedented supply chain? While many looked forward to the post-COVID era, supply chain bottlenecks are complicating efforts for food importers who are contending with companies bringing in higher-margin goods like electronics. Camerican president Josh Gellert and senior director of global supply chain Michael Murphy join The Food Institute Podcast to discuss their company’s strategy in finding port capacity, maintaining client relationships, and what to expect in the months to come.

Navigating an Unprecedented Supply Chain

Hosted By: Chris Campbell and Brian Choi


More About Josh Gellert:
Josh Gellert serves as President of Camerican International. He received a Bachelor of Science degree from Cornell University and an MBA from Northwestern University’s Kellogg School of Management. Josh began his career as an investment banker at JP Morgan Chase. After graduating from business school, Josh worked in management consulting at Oliver Wyman and brand management at Nestle. Josh joined Camerican in 2009. He is a member of various trade associations and serves as a Board Member for the Association of Food Industries (AFI) and as a Committee Member for the American Frozen Food Association (AFFI).


More About Michael Murphy:
Michael Murphy, senior director of global supply chain at Camerican International, has a background in both international logistics and in the food and beverage industry. For over 30 years, Michael has built efficient and lasting logistics solutions for food importers.  He has held positions at Maersk Line, Maersk Logistics, Kraft Foods and Sabra/Pepsi Logistics. By understanding the challenges of both carriers and shippers , Michael has always concentrated on collaboration using data driven solutions. He believes in contracting for long term partnerships in order to provide lasting value and efficiency to both sides of the equation.


More About Camerican International:
For nearly 100 years, Camerican has been a leading supplier to the food industry of imported fruits, vegetables, seafood, and meat. We represent outstanding food processors on five continents, and 40 countries, importing and distributing their products in the United States. We pride ourselves on working with a carefully selected number of processors in each country who meet rigid criteria for quality control, performance excellence, financial stability, and business integrity.

We are actively supplying this range of products to the three major sectors of the food industry: food service, retail, and manufacturing. We are proud that our customer list is principally comprised of the top echelon of companies in each sector. In total, we import over 18,000 FCL’s annually.

We are a financially strong, consistently profitable company that continues to play a leadership role in the food importing business.


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