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Food Supply Chain Management

Integrated supply chains are one of the most powerful competitive tools in today's globalizing business economy. For food products, successful supply chain development reduces not only the transaction costs but also the institutional barriers which decouple individual links in traditional distribution channels. They allow participants to achieve higher levels of service and to capture substantial added value thereby serving as leverage points both for economic growth and for poverty alleviation.

In European countries such as The Netherlands, the food sector is under increasing pressure. On the one hand it is necessary to meet the demands of a more and more sophisticated market in agricultural and food products. On the other hand there are social and legal pressures to protect and promote environmental quality. To meet these sophisticated market changes it is important that companies and organizations develop strong supply chain and logistic strategies to ensure a smooth flow of products, services, people, funds, and information. Limiting any bottle necks which may occur within a single company or throughout the whole supply chain. Furthermore, as consumers demand for value increases, it is important to understand how to address those needs. This is done through value creation. Value can be created in various ways which include, limiting waste in the supply chain, being able to respond quickly to consumer orders, becoming more sustainable, lowering costs, increasing quality, being on time, being reliable, and being able to handle reverse logistics within the supply chain.

The Minor Food Supply Chain Management enables the student to gain deeper understanding of food value chains. Professional areas of competence include food supply chain management, logistics, purchase management, distribution management, sustainability and lean management. You are expected to work as a professional (junior) consultant to solve bottle necks in relation to supply chain and logistical structure. In order to give good advice it is important to focus on the following activities.

Analysis of the problems
- Development of possible alternative solutions
- Choice of best option
- Write a professional advisory report about improvement process
- Present your solution in a convincing way


Learning goals

General part

  • The student is able to describe the problem situation according to the gathered information from the ordering customer
  • The student is able to analyze the problem situation and translate his findings into several ways of solving the problem situation.
  • The student is able to formulate his advice in such a way that in fits the demand of the ordering customer (choose the best option of several ways to solve the problem situation)
  • The student is able to understand the food supply chain
  • The student is able to understand the links between the stakeholders in the food supply chain management.
  • The students is able to understand several aspects of the food supply chain as logistics, quality management and corporate social responsibility.
  • The student is able to write an advisory report about an effective improvement plan for problems in a food supply chain.
  • The students is able to distinguish himself and his business in such a way that competition is eliminated

Specialization (choose your specialization):

  • Business
    • Logistics
      • The student is able to write and present a report on solving a logistical bottle in relation to logistics within a food company
    • Supply Chain Management
      • The student is able to write a report to enhance a food company‚Äôs overall supply chain strategy within
  • Food
    • The student knows how to increase efficiency within a food supply chain
      • Creating a shorter supply chain
      • Finding the write entities
      • Reducing waste within a food supply chain (lean)
      • Responding to consumers faster within the food supply chain

To present, to research, to innovate, and to endorse sustainable behavior

Aanvullende informatie

For extra information on the module, contact Pat Burgess at


Completed 3-years of studies in a field related to economics/agribusiness/food sector will be eligible for this minor.






For this minor the classes will be held throughout the first semester of the school year.