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Special Issue "Sustainable Food Innovation"

A special issue of Sustainability (ISSN 2071-1050). This special issue belongs to the section "Sustainable Agriculture, Food and Wildlife".

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 30 April 2018

Special Issue Editors

Guest Editor
Prof. Bigliardi Barbara

Department of Engineering and Architecture, University of Parma, Parco Area delle Scienze, 181/A, 43124 Parma, Italy
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Interests: open innovation; innovation management; sustainable innovation; entrepreneurship
Guest Editor
Prof. Eleonora Bottani

Department of Engineering and Architecture, University of Parma, Parco Area delle Scienze 181/A, 43124 Parma, Italy
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Phone: +39-0521-905872
Interests: logistics; supply chain; sustainability; food industry

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

Sustainability is a timely issue in all industrial environments. Sustainable development is defined as development that meets the needs of the present without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs, and includes economic development, social and human development, coupled with environmental considerations (World Commission on Environment and Development, 1987). Sustainable development focuses on improving quality of life without increasing the use of natural resources, or, as an alternative, consuming resources that have less potential for depletion, avoiding the exploitation of easily depleted resources (Tsoulfas and Pappis, 2006). The concepts of sustainability are increasingly applied to the field of logistics and supply chain management. In particular, the increasing importance of logistic activities within the food supply chain requires an in depth understanding of sustainability. Moreover, the ever-increasing demands for nutritional and healthy products requires food products that can be sustainably produced. To keep up with this demand, scientists around the world work on innovations in sustainably to improve food security, food safety, and food quality. Consequently, in the food industry, a new type of innovation is emerging, driven by the urgent need for sustainability in this industry: The sustainability driven food innovations. The so-called “food waste recovery” trend is a typical example of this category (Galanakis, 2012).

Based on this, this Special Issue is seeking original, unpublished papers focusing on the link between innovation and sustainability in the food industry.

Prof. Barbara Bigliardi
Prof. Eleonora Bottani
Guest Editors

Manuscript Submission Information

Manuscripts should be submitted online at www.mdpi.com by registering and logging in to this website. Once you are registered, click here to go to the submission form. Manuscripts can be submitted until the deadline. All papers will be peer-reviewed. Accepted papers will be published continuously in the journal (as soon as accepted) and will be listed together on the special issue website. Research articles, review articles as well as short communications are invited. For planned papers, a title and short abstract (about 100 words) can be sent to the Editorial Office for announcement on this website.

Submitted manuscripts should not have been published previously, nor be under consideration for publication elsewhere (except conference proceedings papers). All manuscripts are thoroughly refereed through a single-blind peer-review process. A guide for authors and other relevant information for submission of manuscripts is available on the Instructions for Authors page. Sustainability is an international peer-reviewed open access monthly journal published by MDPI.

Please visit the Instructions for Authors page before submitting a manuscript. The Article Processing Charge (APC) for publication in this open access journal is 1400 CHF (Swiss Francs). Submitted papers should be well formatted and use good English. Authors may use MDPI's English editing service prior to publication or during author revisions.


  • food industry
  • innovation
  • sustainability
  • food sustainable innovation

Published Papers

This special issue is now open for submission.

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