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FIXING THE 5 BIG PROBLEMS IN THE FOOD SUPPLY CHAIN

FIXING THE 5 BIG PROBLEMS IN THE FOOD SUPPLY CHAIN

The food supply chain continues to grow rapidly, with consumers now expecting exotic foods, fresh on their plates, year round. This has extended the supply chain geographically and across many more parties, making the supply chain longer and more complicated than ever.

Producers, manufacturers, distributors, logistics providers and other parties are under pressure to get their products to the market quickly, safely, and in the best possible condition. That’s a major challenge.

A typical food supply chain is made up of six stages:

Sourcing of raw materials
Production
Processing and packaging
Storage
Wholesale distribution
Retail redistribution to consumers

If any one of these stages is compromised, a variety of issues will arise and the whole supply chain will be in jeopardy. Let’s look at some of the issues that food supply chain managers need to deal with, and how they can be fixed.