Fruit and vegetables supply chain organization in Spain: effects on quality and food safety
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Author/sHernández-Rubio, Jesús; Morillas-Guerrero, Juan J.; Galdeano Gómez, Emilio; Pérez Mesa, Juan Carlos; Aznar-Sánchez, José Ángel; [et al.]
The Spanish fruit and vegetables sector is both diverse and fragmented, comprising many different players whose produce varies according to its geographical origin. However, these players tend to converge in the latter stages of the distribution process of their products. Therefore, for the purpose of analysis it is advisable to group homogeneous products and similar characteristics, which usually belong to particular areas, since the type of supply chain depends on the destination of the goods. In Spain, supply chains are highly adapted to the type of market to which they belong and consequently to the type of retailer at the end of the supply chain. All too often producers commercialize their products in total ignorance of the channel that they will follow to consumers. This hinders the necessary vertical coordination and collaboration within the channel to optimize its function, particularly as regards quality management and sanitary monitoring of the products. The principal scena...
Fruits and vegetables