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UK food industry view on reduction of distances travelled in the supply chain

UK food industry view on reduction of distances travelled in the supply chain

Adebanjo, D. (2009) UK food industry view on reduction of distances travelled in the supply chain. In: Third International Conference on Operations and Supply Chain Management (ICOSCM 2009), 28-30 Jul 2009, Wuhan, China.

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Abstract

This paper presents the findings of a study to investigate the perceptions and review the initiatives of food industry managers with respect to the reduction of food transportation (food miles). This issue is particularly important because of the increased awareness of sustainability and environmental issues in many parts of the world. A questionnaire survey and telephone interviews of 25 food organisations of different sizes was carried out. The questionnaire sought information relating to the awareness of food miles and the subsequent initiatives taken by the respondent organisations to reduce food miles. The study indicated that although most manufacturing companies that participated in the questionnaire survey were aware of food miles, most had done very little or nothing to manage its effects at an organisational level. This could be because some of the costs of food miles are not directly attributable to individual companies implying a potential role for government regulation. The paper concludes by identifying and discussing the challenges to be addressed if the environmental impacts of food miles are to be reduced.

Item Type: Conference or Conference Paper (Paper)
Additional Information: [1] This paper was first presented at the Third International Conference on Operations and Supply Chain Management (ICOSCM 2009) held from 28-30 July 2009 in Wuhan, China. It was given on 29 July 2009 within Parallel Session A4: Global Operations Management.
Uncontrolled Keywords: food miles, sustainablity, food industry, UK, environment
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HD Industries. Land use. Labor
H Social Sciences > HE Transportation and Communications
S Agriculture > S Agriculture (General)
Faculty / Department / Research Group: Faculty of Business > Supply Chain Management Research Group
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Last Modified: 14 Oct 2016 09:27
Selected for GREAT 2016: None
Selected for GREAT 2017: None
Selected for GREAT 2018: None
URI: http://gala.gre.ac.uk/id/eprint/11245

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