A review of supply chain quality management practices in sustainable food networks

Patrick Robert Burgess*, Funlade T. Sunmola, Sigrid Wertheim-Heck

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Supply chain quality management practices are necessary to improve processes, meet consumer quality needs, and enhance supply chain quality management performance in sustainable food networks. Food supply chain quality management and associated practices are considerably studied in global food systems, less so for alternative food networks. There are salient differences between global food systems and alternative food networks, which may reflect on the applicable supply chain quality management practices in the food systems and networks. This paper reviews the literature on supply chain quality management practices, with a focus on alternative food networks. A systematic literature review methodology is adopted, resulting in the analysis of seventy-eight papers, identifying a total of one hundred and three supply chain quality management practices. The identified supply chain quality management practices were analysed in relation to their link to a) place, production, and producer and b) link to (bio)processes. Emerging themes from the analysis are discussed, and some areas of future research were put forward.

Original languageEnglish
Article numbere21179
Issue number11
Publication statusPublished - Nov 2023


  • Local food
  • Quality management
  • Short food supply chain
  • supply chain management


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