Sustainable Food Supply Chain Networks
Pp. 99-122 (24)
Jacqueline M. Bloemhof and Jack G.A.J. van der Vorst
Companies operating in the food sector are confronted with i) accelerating
environmental and social impact assessment policies and standards, ii) an emerging
concept of extended producer responsibility supporting the shift from ‘seed to meat’ to
‘cradle to cradle’ and iii) increasing preoccupation in society to live well without
compromising future generation’s rights to prosper. Sustainable Food Supply Chain
Management (SFSCM) refers to all forward processes in the food chain, like
procurement of materials, production and distribution, as well as the reverse processes
to collect and process returned used or unused products and/or parts of products in order
to ensure a socio-economically and ecologically sustainable recovery. This chapter
introduces the organizational approach for sustainability, focusing on the supply chain.
First, we discuss the concept of a Food Supply Chain Network (FSCN) and describe the
main characteristics, strategies and redesign strategies for FSCNs. Next, we discuss the
impact of the concept of sustainability in the forward supply chain. Then we focus on
environmental impacts in closed loop and reverse networks.
Sustainability, Food, Supply chain, Networks, Triple Bottom Line,
Closed Loop Supply Chain, Strategies, Redesign, Performance, Perishability,
Efficiency, Emissions, Carbon footprint, Pareto Optimality, Waste, Green,
Logistics, Waste recovery, Framework, Spoilage.
Wageningen University, The Netherlands.