Ghadge, A, Er-Kara, M, Mogale, DG, Choudhury, S and Dani, S (2020) Sustainability implementation challenges in food supply chains: A case of UK artisan cheese producers. Production Planning and Control. ISSN 0953-7287 (In Press)

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Food supply chains are receiving increased attention due to the rapid depletion of natural resources, increasing quality standards and rising food safety and security concerns regarding contamination and fraud. Implementing sustainability practices in food supply chains is believed to overcome emerging challenges at both regional and global levels. However, limited studies address sustainability implementation concerns particularly in cold food supply chains. This study aims to contribute to this evident research gap by addressing the major factors hindering sustainability implementation in these networks by considering a case of UK artisan supply chain. Survey data from the UK artisan cheese producers are utilized to identify and prioritise barriers for implementing sustainability following a fuzzy analytic hierarchy process and sensitivity analysis. The analysis identified several key barriers including initial investment cost, firm size and unawareness of government regulations. The internal barriers significantly dominate implementation of sustainability practices in comparison to the external barriers. Lack of consensus regarding the concept of sustainability by different stakeholders was observed to be an issue negatively affecting the level of integration in SMEs. The findings will be highly useful for food and dairy SME's to gain competitive advantage through the successful implementation of sustainability practices.

Item Type: Article
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Uncontrolled Keywords: Sustainability, Food supply chains, UK dairy sector, Sustainability implementation, SMEs, Cold food chains
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HB Economic Theory
H Social Sciences > HF Commerce
S Agriculture > S Agriculture (General)
Divisions: Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences > Keele Business School
Depositing User: Symplectic
Date Deposited: 25 Jun 2020 15:18
Last Modified: 28 Jun 2021 01:30

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