Purpose Modern supply chains collect and deliver products worldwide and link vendors and consumers over thousands of miles. In the food industry, the quality of products is affected by manufacturing/processing and logistics activities, such as transportation and packaging. Specifically, transportation is likely the most critical step throughout the "food journey" from farm to fork because of the potential stresses that affect the products during shipment and storage activities. The aim of this paper is to present and apply an original assessment of quality, safety and environmental effects due to the international distribution of food products via different container solutions. A case study that examines the shipment of edible oils from Italy to Canada demonstrates that the quality of a product at the place of consumption can be significantly affected by the use of different containers. Design/methodology/approach A simulation-based quality assessment, combined with a life cycle and environmental analysis. supports the logistic manager in the decision-making process in order to guarantee the highest level of product quality at the place of consumption. Findings The proposed approach and the illustrated case study demonstrate the importance of conducting safety and quality assessment combined with environmental analyses of sustainable food supply chains. Originality/value This paper highlights the interdependency of implications and decisions on food quality and environmental sustainability of supply chain processes and activities

Sustainability and quality in the food supply chain. A case study of shipment of edible oils

MANZINI, RICCARDO;ACCORSI, RICCARDO;AYYAD, ZIAD;BENDINI, ALESSANDRA;BORTOLINI, MARCO;GAMBERI, MAURO;VALLI, ENRICO;GALLINA TOSCHI, TULLIA
2014

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Purpose Modern supply chains collect and deliver products worldwide and link vendors and consumers over thousands of miles. In the food industry, the quality of products is affected by manufacturing/processing and logistics activities, such as transportation and packaging. Specifically, transportation is likely the most critical step throughout the "food journey" from farm to fork because of the potential stresses that affect the products during shipment and storage activities. The aim of this paper is to present and apply an original assessment of quality, safety and environmental effects due to the international distribution of food products via different container solutions. A case study that examines the shipment of edible oils from Italy to Canada demonstrates that the quality of a product at the place of consumption can be significantly affected by the use of different containers. Design/methodology/approach A simulation-based quality assessment, combined with a life cycle and environmental analysis. supports the logistic manager in the decision-making process in order to guarantee the highest level of product quality at the place of consumption. Findings The proposed approach and the illustrated case study demonstrate the importance of conducting safety and quality assessment combined with environmental analyses of sustainable food supply chains. Originality/value This paper highlights the interdependency of implications and decisions on food quality and environmental sustainability of supply chain processes and activities
Riccardo Manzini ; Riccardo Accorsi ; Ziad Ayyad ; Alessandra Bendini ; Marco Bortolini ; Mauro Gamberi ; Enrico Valli ; Tullia Gallina Toschi
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