So far this year there has been a significant amount of coverage on the topic of supply chain management within the food industry. A recurring theme seems to be transparency along all stages of the supply chain. So to “wrap-up” January, we decided to stick with the food theme and have provided a couple intriguing stories.
Collaboration leaves food for thought
Despite much negative publicity lately, supermarkets along with other food industry giants are attempting to buck the trend and do something positive. It was reported in the Grocer this week that businesses including the co-operative, Kellogg’s and food charity WRAP, have joined forces in an attempt to cut excess food waste. As highlighted in the report, better management of waste at all levels of the supply chain is good for both society and the environment. Collaboration between different layers of the supply chain is in response to rising food costs leaving some of the most vulnerable hungry.
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Horse meat suppliers told to trot on
2013 is already proving to be a testing year for global supermarket chains as their business shortcomings continue to come under constant bombardment from the media. Last week, Wal-Mart announced new measures to improve safety within the supply chain and it now seems other supermarkets are following suit.
Following the beef burger scandal which devastated Tesco’s reputation a few weeks ago, the retail giant has this week announced new measures to improve supply chain transparency. According to reports, Tesco have now dropped the supplier responsible stating their actions as a “breach of trust”. To ensure the quality of meat products in the future, Tesco have also announced plans to introduce DNA testing into the supply chain.
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