Food Supply Chains

Jan 22, 2022  |  Director's Blog

Jason Miller Blog Post Part 1: Grocery stores aren’t gouging consumers – their costs are going up!..

It is my pleasure to begin this series of joint blog posts with Jason Miller, Associate Professor of Logistics at Michigan State University.  Jason has been terrific about sharing new insights on the economy based on a variety of different […]

Oct 6, 2021  |  Articles

Rob Handfield Doubts Price Fixing is Contributing to Higher Meat Prices

While many believe price fixing is to blame for rising meat prices, Rob Handfield, professor of operations and supply chain management, finds the issue lies in the down cycle of the supply chain. “It is basically the fact that demand is […]

Mar 17, 2021

Increase in Take-Out Raises Sustainability Concerns

Since the start of the global pandemic, there has been an increase in people ordering take-out food. This boost in ready-made meals calls for a demand in better sustainability practices, as the leftover trash is harmful to the environment.  One […]

Jul 9, 2020  |  Director's Blog

Automation in the Meat Packing Industry is on the Horizon

An article in the Wall Street Journal discussed the emerging technology of automation in the meat packing industry.  This is no doubt a harbinger of more automation to come not just in this industry, but in all industries where human […]

Apr 23, 2020  |  Articles

The Negative Effects of Shifting Food Supply Chains

By Carson Powell Food suppliers are having to make the tough shift from restaurants to grocery stores as COVID-19 keeps restaurant doors closed. Rob Handfield, executive director of the Supply Chain Resource Cooperative and professor of operations and supply chain management, […]

Apr 17, 2020  |  Articles

Rob Handfield Predicts an Impending Meat Supply Hit

Experts are predicting a shortage in the meat supply in the coming weeks due to the COVID-19 pandemic and the conditions in meatpacking plants. Rob Handfield, executive director of the Supply Chain Resource Cooperative and professor of operations and supply chain […]

Apr 14, 2020  |  Director's Blog

COVID19: An Update on Chicken, Meat, and Paper Products

Since I last wrote about the subject of shortages of grocery items on WRAL and on our video blogs, there has been considerably more concern about what is happening to the food supply chains.   I spent some time discussing this […]

Mar 20, 2020  |  Articles

Rob Handfield Assures Shoppers Grocery Supply Chains Are Strong

by Carson Powell Amid the COVID-19 (coronavirus) outbreak, grocery stores are struggling to stock shelves as shoppers continue to buy groceries in mass quantities. Rob Handfield, executive director of the Supply Chain Resource Cooperative and Bank of America University distinguished professor of operations […]

Jul 13, 2019  |  Director's Blog

Closed Loop Recycling Systems are Key to Sustainable Concessions for the Portland Blazers

One of the big changes occurring in the food service packaging industry is the use of biobased food containers at sports events. Stadiums are “closed loop” systems, meaning that all of the waste materials can be collected and sent to […]

May 11, 2018  |  Articles

How sustainable is your food? Ask Field to Market

Rod Snyder, president of Field to Market:  The Alliance for Sustainable Agriculture, has over ten years of experience in eco-labeling.  FTM was founded in order to address the question of how US agriculture can better define, measure, and advance the […]