SUPPLY CHAIN RESOURCE COOPERATIVE

Category Archives: Local Food Systems

  1. Great news this week for NC State as SCM World announced its top 25 supply chain management programs globally.  The NC State Supply Chain program was listed as one of the top 25 programs in the world, which says a lot about the dedication and work of our faculty and students over the past few years. […]

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  2. I had an interesting discussion with an expert in the food industry, and we discussed some of the emerging trends going on in food packaging and local sourcing for food.  It turns out that consumers are now getting very picky about where and how their food was grown, and what they are ingesting into their […]

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  3. Today’s guest post is from Graham Givens.  Graham is a Research Fellow at the Supply Chain Resource Cooperative, where he works closely on local food systems through the Center for Environmental Farming Systems.  He reports on his recent visit to the National Restaurant Association  Supply Chain Management Executive Study Group meeting in Chicago. “The NRA’s […]

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  4. When Coca Cola set about thinking about how to drive sustainability into their supply chain, they recognized from the outset that the entire end to end life cycle of a bottle of Coke needed to be considered. Most people don’t think about this relationships – but the fact is that recycling and renewable feedstock go […]

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  5. I spent some time this week with a group of procurement executives from Restaurant Supply Chain Solutions, a company that conducts all of the procurement and supply chain activity for YUM! brands (including Pizza Hut, KFC, Taco Bell, as well as A&W). This organization was created a number of years ago, in response to a […]

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  6. I had the opportunity to present at a hearing in Washington last week – this was a public meeting of the Biomass Research and Development Technical Sub-Committee.  This group was composed of notable academics, as well as representatives from government and NGO’s – helping to shape the discussion on biofuels.  I presented the results of the study […]

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  7. I have been working with Jay Golden at Duke University on the biobased forecasting project for the USDA, seeking to understand the current scope of the biobased product market ( focused on non-fuel, non-food products).  I had the opportunity to speak today with an educated economist who works  for the OmniTech International.  He has been working […]

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  8. As more data becomes available in the grocery and retail environment, organizations are re-thinking their supply chain processes to drive increased automation, improved performance, and increased inventory turns.  They are also re-thinking the design of their supply chains, thinking about how much of their product goes through distribution centers, distributed to stores, or shipped directly […]

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  9. Professor Gary Bullen and SCRC Research Scholar Jessica Newsome spoke in my Local Seafood class this afternoon.  Both pointed out some critical points that are indeed challenges for the seafood supply chain in North Carolina, as well as some avenues to explore that may drive solutions. First, Gary pointed out that 91% of the seafood […]

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  10. In the second half of my class on Tuesday, Rebecca Dunning, one of the lead researchers on the NC Growing Together grant, explained some of the channels and opportunities the team has already explored to date. As we noted in my prior blog, one of the biggest challenges for local food producers is the ability […]

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  11. We kicked off our first class on “Local Food Systems” today, with a strong cadre of students from the MBA program, from agroecology, agriculture, and other areas.  This is an exciting new class that I was tasked to assemble, as part of a grant from the US Department of Agriculture awarded to NC State University. […]

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