An optimization approach for managing fresh food quality throughout the supply chain

Aiying Rong, Renzo Akkerman, Martin Grunow*

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Abstract

One of the most challenging tasks in today's food industry is controlling the product quality throughout the food supply chain. In this paper, we integrate food quality in decision-making on production and distribution in a food supply chain. We provide a methodology to model food quality degradation in such a way that it can be integrated in a mixed-integer linear programming model used for production and distribution planning. The resulting model is applied in an illustrative case study, and can be used to design and operate food distribution systems, using both food quality and cost criteria.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)421-429
Number of pages9
JournalInternational Journal of Production Economics
Volume131
Issue number1
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - May 2011
Externally publishedYes

Keywords

  • Food industry
  • Mixed-integer linear programming
  • Quality modelling
  • Supply chain management

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