Competitive Food Supply Chain Networks with Application to Fresh Produce

European Journal of Operational Research, Forthcoming

30 Pages Posted: 19 Mar 2012 Last revised: 31 Jul 2012

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Min Yu

University of Portland - Dr. Robert B. Pamplin, Jr. School of Business Administration; University of Massachusetts Amherst - Isenberg School of Management - Department of Finance and Operations Management

Anna Nagurney

University of Massachusetts Amherst - Isenberg School of Management - Department of Operations and Information Management

Date Written: July 26, 2012

Abstract

In this paper, we develop a network-based food supply chain model under oligopolistic competition and perishability, with a focus on fresh produce. The model incorporates food deterioration through the introduction of arc multipliers, with the inclusion of the discarding costs associated with the disposal of the spoiled food products. We allow for product differentiation due to product freshness and food safety concerns, as well as the evaluation of alternative technologies associated with various supply chain activities. We then propose an algorithm with elegant features for computation. A case study focused on the cantaloupe market is investigated within this modeling and computational framework, in which we analyze different scenarios prior/during/after a foodborne disease outbreak.

Keywords: food supply chains, fresh produce, oligopolistic competition, food deterioration, product differentiation

Suggested Citation

Yu, Min and Nagurney, Anna, Competitive Food Supply Chain Networks with Application to Fresh Produce (July 26, 2012). European Journal of Operational Research, Forthcoming. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2025471 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.2025471

Min Yu

University of Portland - Dr. Robert B. Pamplin, Jr. School of Business Administration ( email )

Portland, OR 97203
United States

University of Massachusetts Amherst - Isenberg School of Management - Department of Finance and Operations Management ( email )

Department of Operations and Information Managemen

Anna Nagurney (Contact Author)

University of Massachusetts Amherst - Isenberg School of Management - Department of Operations and Information Management ( email )

Amherst, MA 01003-4910
United States

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