Exploring demand and production planning challenges in the food processing industry: a case study

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This paper explores demand and production management challenges in the food processing industry. The goal is to identify the main production planning constraints and secondly to explore how each of these constraints affects company’s performance in terms of costs and customer service level. A single case study methodology was preferred since it enabled the collection of in-depth data. Findings suggest that product shelf life, carcass utilization and production lead time are the main constraints affecting supply chain efficiency and hence, a single planning approach is not appropriate when different products have different technological and processing characteristics.



Publication date2012
Publication titleProceedings (USB) of the 10th international conference on chain and network management in agribusiness and the food industry
Original languageEnglish
Event10th International Conference on Chain and Network Management in Agribusiness and the Food Industry - Wageningen, Netherlands
Duration: 23 May 201225 May 2012


Conference10th International Conference on Chain and Network Management in Agribusiness and the Food Industry

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Copyright 2012 by Matopoulos, Ranitovic, Bourlakis. All rights reserved. Readers may make verbatim copies of this document for non-commercial purposes by any means, provided that this copyright notice appears on all such copies.


  • demand management, case study, production planning, food processing industry

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