Special Issue "Sustainability in Food Supply Chain and Food Industry"
Deadline for manuscript submissions: closed (30 September 2017).
Interests: operations management; food industry; decision-support systems; logistics and operations; sustainable production and distribution systems; supply chain network design; perishables management; sustainable operations; optimisation; simulation
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Interests: Full professor of Industrial Engineering, he teaches Logistics and Facility planning at the School of Engineering, University of Bologna. His research interests and expertise include the design, management, control, and optimization of complex production and logistics systems. The field of his research activity deals with storage and warehousing systems, logistics of perishable products, food supply chain, automation of production systems and Industry 4.0, maintenance engineering including predictive maintenance, physical distribution, packaging, and environmental sustainability. He is the founder and director of the Food Supply Chain Center (http://foodsupplychain.din.unibo.it/) and the Warehousing Center (http://warehousing.diem.unibo.it/index.html) at University of Bologna. He is the co-editor of the book Sustainable Food Supply Chains: Planning, Design, and Control through Interdisciplinary Methodologies published by Elsevier and has served as a guest editor for the International Journal of Production Economics and Sustainability.
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In the next few decades, the global food demand will grow and stress food supply chains. The increasing relevance of processing, storage, and logistic activities within the food supply chain mandate a new systemic perspective for addressing sustainability. While these processes are typically tailored to reduce costs, their environmental and social sustainability are not accounted for. Therefore, reconciling economic growth of food supply chain ecosystems with environmental and social sustainability is mandatory for the future generation of politician, planners, entrepreneurs, and consumers.
This Special Issue is seeking original, unpublished papers that describe recent advances in various field of food industry and food supply chain ecosystems toward economic, environmental and social sustainability. The required target is to provide evidences of where and how quantitative models, methods and support-decision tools, as well as advanced technology, can aid the design and management of more sustainable food operations from-farm-to-fork, throughout cropping, processing and packaging, storage and distribution activities.
This Special Issue invites timely and advanced research papers, but even case studies supported by multi-disciplinary quantitative approaches for an effective assessment of the as-is food operations and a pro-active re-design toward sustainability.
Dr. Riccardo Accorsi
Prof. Riccardo Manzini
Manuscript Submission Information
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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 semimonthly 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 1900 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.
- Sustainable food supply chain and food industry
- Food packaging and logistics
- Operations management in food supply chain
- Optimization and simulation of food processes and operations
- Perishable products management and cold chain
- Life cycle assessment of food products and processes
- Environmental and social sustainability in food operations
- Traceability systems and food safety management
- Automation in food industry 4.0
- Digital twins in food processing
- Food ecosystems design and virtualization
- Food process virtualization
- Big data and data analytics toward sustainability in food industry
- Decision support systems for sustainable food operations
- Case study and sustainable practices in food industry
- Food security and food ecosystem planning