Intermediate product selection and blending in the food processing industry

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This study addresses a capacitated intermediate product selection and blending problem typical for two-stage production systems in the food processing industry. The problem involves the selection of a set of intermediates and end-product recipes characterising how those selected intermediates are blended into end products to minimise the total operational costs under production and storage capacity limitations. A comprehensive mixed-integer linear model is developed for the problem. The model is applied on a data set collected from a real-life case. The trade-offs between capacity limitations and operational costs are analysed, and the effects of different types of cost parameters and capacity limitations on the selection of intermediates and end-product recipes are investigated.
Original languageEnglish
JournalInternational Journal of Production Research
Volume51
Issue number1
Pages (from-to)26-42
ISSN0020-7543
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Publication statusPublished - 2013
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  • operations management, production planning

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