Reducing food waste and food insecurity in the UK: the architecture of surplus food distribution supply chain in addressing the sustainable development goals (Goal 2 and Goal 12.3) at a city level

Thapa Karki, Shova, Bennett, Alice C T and Mishra, Jyoti L (2020) Reducing food waste and food insecurity in the UK: the architecture of surplus food distribution supply chain in addressing the sustainable development goals (Goal 2 and Goal 12.3) at a city level. Industrial Marketing Management. ISSN 0019-8501

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Abstract

The paradox that tonnes of food is wasted while people go hungry has raised concern from national and international authorities. In developed countries, reducing these problems has focused on surplus food distribution as a ‘win-win’ solution contributing to sustainable development goals. While the existing literature acknowledges the role of third-sector organisations, research on the supply chain of surplus food distribution and the coordination among actors is limited. This research explores actors and organisations in the value chain of surplus food distribution at the city level. Based on semi-structured interviews and participant observation, our findings highlight the need for a coordinated effort between actors as an essential arrangement to capture the value of surplus food. Despite the close cooperation, hierarchical power relationships exist between organisations in the supply chain. We unpack challenges in the surplus food supply chain, such as lack of a legislative framework for food donations and organisational sustainability issues that have forced third-sector organisations to work independently to reduce the uncertainties of food quality and quantity. We shed light on the practical implications by highlighting how multiple stakeholders could improve the efficiency of surplus food distribution.

Item Type: Article
Keywords: Surplus food distribution, Food waste, Sustainable Development Goals, Supply chain, City level
Schools and Departments: University of Sussex Business School > Strategy and Marketing
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Date Deposited: 30 Oct 2020 07:57
Last Modified: 30 Oct 2020 08:00
URI: http://sro.sussex.ac.uk/id/eprint/94670

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