Balancing environmental and economic performance in the food processing industry

Renzo Akkerman, Dirk Pieter Van Donk

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Changing customer requirements, unpredictable disturbances combined with expensive production facilities, are major problems for food processing companies to achieve synergy between the economic and environmental performance. There is notably a lack of tools to support decisions to explore effects on performance related to new product introductions, changes in production equipment, changes in planning concepts and their cross sections. We argue that interdisciplinary research that uses operations research techniques, operations management insights, food process technology and product design helps in exploring the effect of uncertainty in demand and production. As a result, process design can be more robust: both economic and environmental. This position paper explores the problem and the main elements of the proposed scenario-based simulation approach.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)330-340
Number of pages11
JournalInternational Journal of Entrepreneurship and Innovation Management
Issue number3
StatePublished - Mar 2010
Externally publishedYes


  • Decision support
  • Economic performance
  • Environmental performance
  • Food industry
  • Operations management
  • Process design
  • Product design
  • Scenario analysis
  • Simulation
  • Sustainability


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