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
    JournalInternational Journal of Production Economics
    Volume131
    Issue number1
    Pages (from-to)421-429
    ISSN0925-5273
    DOIs
    Publication statusPublished - 2011

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