Food Chain Management

5 ECTS / Semester / English

Objectives and competences

Build in-depth knowledge of logistics and supply chain management. Learn appropriate methods, techniques, and tools for implementing a more efficient and sustainable supply chains.

Recognize supply chain terminology in the current organizational context. Be able to observe and study operations and describe the logistics systems and supply chain underlying those operations. Analyze the purchase process from different perspectives. Assess risk and food safety along the supply chain. Analyze logistics processes from an efficiency perspective and suggest improvements based on that analysis. Identify local and international risk events that can influence supply chain management.

Surrounding Context
Factors with high impact for a competitive and sustainable chain:

  • Changes in the geopolitical landscape
  • Logistics and Inflation
  • New consumer trends
  • Digitization
  • Decarbonization and climate change risks
  • Certifications and regulations


Teaching Methodologies

Gain contact and familiarity with terminology, models of integration of supply chains and their stakeholders.

Identify, analyze and assess indicators of supply chain operations through case studies, using real situations which exemplify the types of supply chains and their differentiating factors.

Contact with managers at different levels of supply chain operations and management, as a way of experiencing new perspectives of the entire process and its overall integration:

  • Producers
  • Logistics Operators
  • Distributors
  • Retailers
  • E-commerce



Supply Chain - Concepts and Models

  • Definition of different management models (offline and online, local and international, verticalization)
  • Identification of the supply chain processes
  • Supply chain management indicators

Logistics management

  • Different storage models
  • Transport and distribution
  • Stock management
  • Service level

Commercial strategy in supply chain management

  • Sourcing models
  • Impact of packaging on logistics costs
  • Integrated trading strategies

Risk and quality management throughout the supply chain

  • Identification of food safety risks, from farm to fork
  • Integrated quality management models
  • Establishment of rules that minimize risk

Supply chain competitiveness

  • Continuous improvement processes
  • Differentiating factors

Innovation and sustainability of the supply chain;

  • The role of technologies in integrated management
  • New trends for chain management
  • Environmental and sustainable practices
  • Innovation Models


Invited Professor
Degree in Food Engineering from the School of Biotechnology of the Catholic University of Portugal. Complementary training in the General Management Course at…