Development and application of a decision support tool for reduction of product losses in the food-processing industry

Renzo Akkerman, Dirk Pieter van Donk

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In food-processing industries, reduction of product losses is important for improving profitability and sustainability. This paper presents a decision support tool for analyzing the effects of planning decisions on the amount of product losses in the food-processing industry. We created a research framework to collect and analyze data, supporting the development of an Excel-based decision support tool that helps to evaluate different scenarios for the planning decisions and production parameters. The tool was developed in co-operation with and implemented in a real-life dairy plant, where the tool was able to reduce the planning-related losses by nearly 20%. But an equally important result is the insight gained on the interactions between processing, packaging, and intermediate storage. The framework and tool can easily be implemented in other situations.
Original languageEnglish
JournalJournal of Cleaner Production
Issue number3
Pages (from-to)335-342
Publication statusPublished - 2008
Externally publishedYes

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