Food Chain Optimization

Food Chain Optimization

Food distribution is just as important as its production and processing and is becoming more important by the day. The driving factors are a growing population, scarcer resources, increasing attention to food security, and changing dietary habits. To address these challenges, food logistics has evolved from applying general supply chain management methodologies to addressing specific problems of the food industry, such as sustainability, safety, and perishability, to considering the impact of food supply systems on the triple bottom line of economic, environmental, and social indicators. This chapter reports on the aspects of food logistics that have been of concern to managers, giving priority to quantitative optimization approaches. It also presents a case study of the logistics of a Brazilian dairy supply chain.

Posted by Jose Marty

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