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By C Mena, G Stevens

Food and drinks offer chains are complicated, consistently evolving platforms, concerning many contributors and half and therefore, significant demanding situations. This quantity identifies six key demanding situations in handling foods and drinks provide chains. each one component to the publication specializes in one. those comprise the elemental position of dating administration in offer chains, the energetic alignment of offer and insist, various methods to powerful and effective approach administration, caliber and security administration, the powerful use of latest applied sciences, and the supply of nutrients as a sustainable and accountable task.

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In developing countries, figures tend to be considerably higher and it is estimated that around 40% © Woodhead Publishing Limited, 2010 4 Delivering performance in food supply chains Consumers Retail Catering Transportation Wholesale Food and drink manufacturing Agricultural merchants Packaging suppliers Agriculture and fishing Agricultural input Fig. 1 Structure of the food supply chain. of the world’s labour force is employed in agriculture alone (CIA, 2009). These figures highlight the significance of the industry both economically and socially.

2 Economic trends Over the last couple of years we have experienced substantial volatility in food prices. 0 Fig. 4 FAO food price index 1990–2009 (FAO food price indices, June 2009). of a weighted average of six commodity groups including, meat, dairy, sugar, cereals, oils and fats. The chart shows that food prices started to rise in late 2006 and reached a peak in mid-2008. The situation was so severe that a food crisis was declared and protests took place in many countries as people struggled to pay for staple foods.

1 depicts the general structure of the food supply chain; at one end of the chain we have fishing and agriculture (including agricultural input such as seeds and fertilisers), in the middle there are processors, packaging suppliers, distributors, wholesalers, retailers and caterers, and finally there are the consumers. This is a supply chain in which everybody has a stake. 6 and 4 trillion – up by almost 20% from 2004 figures (USDA, 2008a; Datamonitor, 2009). This trend is expected to continue over the next five years and it has been estimated that by 2013, global sales of food will reach US$ 4,602 billion (Fig.

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