Food makers including Campbell Soup Co. CPB 0.35% and Kellogg Co. K 1.14% said huge demand during the coronavirus pandemic has taught them to focus on bolstering supplies of their most popular products.

Big food companies are working to increase their output and protect workers as the virus continues to spread, representing an opportunity for elevated sales to persist but also a risk to operations if the public-health crisis hurts their own productivity.

Campbell’s Chief Executive Mark Clouse said surging demand for products including Pepperidge Farm Goldfish crackers prompted the company to expand production and hire even more workers than it might need at one time, in an effort to compensate for employees who need to rest given heavy workloads or are out sick or quarantining.

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