Local Food Systems

Jan 8, 2017  |  Director's Blog

NC State ranked as a top 25 global supply chain programs at SCM World… and here's why!

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 […]

Jun 10, 2016  |  Director's Blog

Locally Sourced and Organic…"*Where You Can!"

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 […]

Jun 10, 2016  |  Director's Blog

Guest Post from SCRC Research Fellow Graham Givens: Update from the National Restaurant Association Meeting

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 […]

Apr 15, 2016  |  Director's Blog

The Drive To 100% Bio-based Plastic Bottles

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 […]

Oct 29, 2015  |  Director's Blog

Procurement as a Non-Profit Center for Supply Chain Risk Consolidation

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 […]

Sep 3, 2015  |  Director's Blog

Bio-based Products Future is Promising, but Hurdles Exist

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 […]

Mar 13, 2015  |  Director's Blog

Q: Food vs Fuel? A: Wrong question…We need more efficient markets!

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 […]

Nov 11, 2014  |  Articles

Retail Analytics Systems Still Need a Human Touch

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 […]

Feb 18, 2014  |  Director's Blog

Challenges and possible solutions for local seafood supply chains

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 […]

Jan 9, 2014  |  Articles

Challenges Facing Local Foods in North Carolina

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 […]