There are only a few studies describing the structures and performance of organic supply chains. And there is no study available with investigate the effect of supply chains on food quality and safety. This part of the QualityLowInputFood project aims at contributing to a better understanding of the linkage between supply chain performance and possible performance improvement with respect to food quality and safety. Therefore, the question whether the level of collaborative planning and close supply chain relationships could help improve the quality and safety of organic supply chains is addressed. The study was conducted as part of the multi-disciplinary EU-wide survey of organic supply chains, carried out in eight European countries and the structures and performance of six different organic supply chains in these eight European countries for: milk (CH, UK), apples (DE, CH), pork (UK, NL), eggs (DE, UK), wheat (HU, IT, FR) and tomatoes (IT, NL) were analysed. In-depth interviews with key-informants were carried out to investigate the structures, performance, and relationships within the supply chains. Results show a low level of collaboration among various actors especially in cost and benefit sharing. Highly integrated supply chains show higher collaboration especially in the domain of Decision Synchronization. Trust and collaboration appear to be related with increased performance, whereas the higher the perceived risk for quality and safety, the higher the probability of supply chain collaboration.
European Union, 6th Research Framework Programme
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