The impact of food safety and animal welfare policies on supply chain management: the case of the Tesco meat supply chain

Lindgreen, Adam and Hingley, Martin (2003) The impact of food safety and animal welfare policies on supply chain management: the case of the Tesco meat supply chain. British Food Journal , 105 (6). pp. 328-349. ISSN 0007-070X

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Official URL: http://dx.doi.org/10.1108/00070700310481702

Abstract

The European food sector has been hit by a number of serious consumer scares over the past decades. Often, the concerned companies have failed to give appropriate and immediate information to consumers. This article discusses the measures that one food company – Tesco – has taken. Its approach deals with setting up effective guidelines for managing its relationships with meat suppliers. These guidelines make it possible for Tesco to inform consumers appropriately and immediately about serious food scares and to address consumers’ concerns over animal welfare and environmental issues. The article also describes how the meat supplier-Tesco relationships are being evaluated using the so-called key performance indicator process. Specific initiatives include different animal, feeds and medicines policies, as well as meat assurance schemes; these policies and schemes have been implemented by both Tesco and the meat suppliers. The benefits of Tesco’s approach to its suppliers and consumers are considered and include the ability to deliver higher value products. The article suggests a number of avenues for future research.

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Additional Information:The European food sector has been hit by a number of serious consumer scares over the past decades. Often, the concerned companies have failed to give appropriate and immediate information to consumers. This article discusses the measures that one food company – Tesco – has taken. Its approach deals with setting up effective guidelines for managing its relationships with meat suppliers. These guidelines make it possible for Tesco to inform consumers appropriately and immediately about serious food scares and to address consumers’ concerns over animal welfare and environmental issues. The article also describes how the meat supplier-Tesco relationships are being evaluated using the so-called key performance indicator process. Specific initiatives include different animal, feeds and medicines policies, as well as meat assurance schemes; these policies and schemes have been implemented by both Tesco and the meat suppliers. The benefits of Tesco’s approach to its suppliers and consumers are considered and include the ability to deliver higher value products. The article suggests a number of avenues for future research.
Keywords:evaluation, food, meat industry, performance indicators, relationship management, supply chain management
Subjects:N Business and Administrative studies > N240 Retail Management
D Veterinary Sciences, Agriculture and related subjects > D630 Food and Beverage Production
D Veterinary Sciences, Agriculture and related subjects > D328 Animal Welfare
Divisions:College of Social Science > Lincoln Business School
ID Code:4406
Deposited By: Rosaline Smith
Deposited On:12 Apr 2011 22:19
Last Modified:18 Jul 2011 16:41

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