Food Supply Chain

Food Process Innovation Unit

Formed in 2002, the Food Process Innovation Unit aimed to be the leading centre for research into the design and improvement of business processes within the food industry, and sought to identify how process-centric approaches can help in creating radical improvements in the sector.

Collaborators involved:
Cardiff University: Mark Francis, David Simons, Barry Evans, Keivan Zokaei, David Taylor, Kate Bailey

Introduction:

Formed in 2002, the Food Process Innovation Unit aimed to be the leading centre for research into the design and improvement of business processes within the food industry, and sought to identify how process-centric approaches can help in creating radical improvements in the sector

Funded by Department of Trade and Industry and a consortium of industrial partners, its first project, the Red Meat Industry Forum, carried out a value chain analysis of a variety of product species through retail and catering channels, working closely with the Food Chain Centre at the Institute of Grocery Distribution, the Meat and Livestock Commission and the National Farmers’ Union.

The research unit’s mission involved expansion into other food sectors encompassing new product development, supply chain and sustainable development. The unit was active in Efficient Consumer Response Europe Academic Partnership and within the Welsh Development Agency Agri-Food Partnership.

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