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Strategies to improve quality and safety and reduce costs along the food supply chain

Stolze, Matthias; Bahrdt, Katja; Bteich, Marie-Reine; Lampkin, Nicolas; Naspetti, Simona; Nicholas, Phillipa and Zanoli, Raffaele (2007) Strategies to improve quality and safety and reduce costs along the food supply chain. Paper at: 3rd QLIF Congress: Improving Sustainability in Organic and Low Input Food Production Systems, University of Hohenheim, Germany, March 20-23, 2007.

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The paper aims at contributing to a better understanding of the linkage between supply chain performance and possible performance improvement with respect to food quality and safety. Therefore, the paper addresses the question whether the level of collaborative planning and close supply chain relationships could help improve quality and safety of organic supply chains. The three main weaknesses in the performance of European organic supply chains identified are high logistic and transport costs, the level of input costs and low expenditure on research and product development. While we found a high level of collaboration for information sharing, there is almost no collaboration with respect to joint decisions on optimal order quantity and inventory requirements as well as for all cost relevant issues of the supply chain. As the potential to benefit from economics of scale on a company level is often limited in organic supply chains, we suggest to make use of the cost reducing potential of collaboration.


EPrint Type:Conference paper, poster, etc.
Type of presentation:Paper
Keywords:food quality, food safety, economics, supply chain, Sozio-Ökonomie, Markt- und Konsumentenstudien, Markt, Supply Chain Analysis, QLIF, FiBL 35001
Subjects: Food systems > Produce chain management
Research affiliation: Switzerland > FiBL - Research Institute of Organic Agriculture Switzerland > Socio-Economics
International Conferences > 2007: 3rd QLIF Congress > 6 Supply chain
European Union > QualityLowInputFood > Subproject 6: Transport, trading and retailing
UK > Univ. Aberystwyth > Institute for Biological, Environmental and Rural Sciences (IBERS)
Related Links:http://orgprints.org/10417/
Deposited By: Stolze, Dr. Matthias
ID Code:10422
Deposited On:12 Mar 2007
Last Modified:04 Jul 2014 12:36
Document Language:English
Status:Published
Refereed:Peer-reviewed and accepted
Additional Publishing Information: The final version of this paper is published in:
Niggli, Urs; Leifert, Carlo; Alföldi, Thomas; Lück, Lorna and Willer, Helga, Eds. (2007) Improving Sustainability in Organic and Low Input Food Production Systems. Proceedings of the 3rd International Congress of the European Integrated Project Quality Low Input Food (QLIF). University of Hohenheim, Germany, March 20 – 23, 2007. Research Institute of Organic Agriculture FiBL, CH-Frick.http://orgprints.org/10417/
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