When the coronavirus lockdown was introduced and the sales of toilet paper, pasta and other necessities went through the roof, so did the sale of pet food as dedicated pet owners made sure that their beloved pets didn't go without.
Just as other manufacturers scaled up their production to keep an edgy populace satisfied, so did the team at the Central West's Nestle factory, the place where the Purina range of pet food is made.
Nestlé Blayney Factory Manager Andrew Devlin said that the sudden increase in demand was like a bullwhip through the supply chain and extra casual staff have been employed as high demand continues across the industry.
"Our teams have had to quickly adapt and their response has been brilliant," he said.
Crosses on the floor have become a lasting reminder of our need to keep apart, and the Nestle factory is no different.
"Even where they clock on at the factory there are marks on the ground that act as a visual reminder," Mr Devlin said.
Before the pandemic, workers at the factory, who all wear ear protection, communicated by getting up close and personal, something that is now discouraged.
"Communicating in a noisy factory across that distance, while everyone's wearing ear protection, is difficult."
It's not only the factory floor where staff have to look out for each other either.
During smoko the canteen was overhauled and break times were staggered to meet the demands of social distancing.
"We had to take out a whole lot of chairs and only have one per table," he said.
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