Food Waste Reduction: Empirical Findings from the Italian Food Supply Chain

15 Pages Posted: 18 Jul 2012

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Paola Garrone

Politecnico di Milano

Marco Melacini

Polytechnic University of Milan

Alessandro Perego

Polytechnic University of Milan - Dipartimento di Ingegneria Gestionale

Miriam Pollo

Polytechnic University of Milan

Date Written: 2012

Abstract

The paper explores the Italian food supply chain with a focus on the analysis of “Surplus Food” (SF), i.e. the edible food that is produced, manufactured, retailed or served but for various reasons is not sold to/consumed by the intended customer. The Italian food industry provides the empirical setting. The paper adds to research on sustainable management of the food supply chain and food security in developed countries in two ways. First, it addresses the multifaceted concept of the sustainable management of the food supply chain by developing a conceptual model of the integrated food supply chain (i.e. business, environmental and social players). Second, it uses the model to empirically analyse how SF is generated and managed throughout different supply chain stages and sectors.

Keywords: surplus food, food waste, sustainable supply chain

JEL Classification: M14

Suggested Citation

Garrone, Paola and Melacini, Marco and Perego, Alessandro and Pollo, Miriam, Food Waste Reduction: Empirical Findings from the Italian Food Supply Chain (2012). Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2109587 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.2109587

Paola Garrone (Contact Author)

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Marco Melacini

Polytechnic University of Milan ( email )

Piazza Leonardo da Vinci
Milan, Milano 20100
Italy

Alessandro Perego

Polytechnic University of Milan - Dipartimento di Ingegneria Gestionale ( email )

Piazza Leonardo da Vinci, 32
Milano, 20133
Italy

Miriam Pollo

Polytechnic University of Milan ( email )

Piazza Leonardo da Vinci
Milan, Milano 20100
Italy

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