MILP approaches to sustainable production and distribution of meal elements

Renzo Akkerman*, Yang Wang, Martin Grunow

*Corresponding author for this work

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Abstract

This paper studies the production and distribution system forprofessionally prepared meals, in which a new innovative concept is applied. Theconcept aims to improve the sustainability of the system by distributing mealelements super-chilled in the conventional cold chain. Here, sustainabilitycomprises economic, environmental and social aspects. The impacts on andtrade-offs between the different dimensions of sustainability are discussed, andcombined with aspect of product quality. Furthermore, we identify the importantplanning decisions in relation to production and distribution and organisethese in a decision hierarchy. Based on these discussions, decision supportmodels based on mixed-integer linear programming are developed for the planningtasks on the tactical level, including decision-making on packaging options anddelivery structures. The resulting models can be used to support production anddistribution planning, and also evaluate the performance of and quantify thetrade-offs between the different sustainability dimensions.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publication2009 International Conference on Computers and Industrial Engineering, CIE 2009
Pages973-978
Number of pages6
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 1 Dec 2009
Externally publishedYes
Event2009 International Conference on Computers and Industrial Engineering, CIE 2009 - Troyes, France
Duration: 6 Jul 20099 Jul 2009

Publication series

Name2009 International Conference on Computers and Industrial Engineering, CIE 2009

Conference

Conference2009 International Conference on Computers and Industrial Engineering, CIE 2009
CountryFrance
CityTroyes
Period6/07/099/07/09

Keywords

  • Catering
  • Decisionsupport
  • Distribution management
  • Food industry
  • MILP
  • Planning

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