Value propositions for improving the competitiveness of short food supply chains built on technological and non-technological innovations

András Sebök, Kinga Varsányi, Katalin Kujáni, Vilma Xhakollari, Ágnes Szegedyné Fricz, Alessandra Castellini, Diana Di Gioia, Francesca Gaggia, Maurizio Canavari


There has been growing consumer demand for the products and services of the short food supply chains (SFSCs) in recent times. A procedure was developed to identify the technological and technological innovations that can improve the performance and competitiveness of the SFSCs. The needs of the SFSCs for innovative solutions were collected by interviewing 18 SFSCs from 9 countries. An inventory was prepared to contain 136 technological and non-technological innovations, meeting these needs. The innovations were collected from the good practices of the 18 SFSCs, experiences of the project partners and state of the art. The success factors and bottlenecks of each short food supply chain operation and their current value propositions were identified. From the inventory, those innovations were selected for each short food chain case study which can be applied to eliminate or reduce the bottlenecks or enhance the success factors leading to new, upgraded value propositions with increased added value for the consumers. The new, upgraded value propositions can serve as a starting point for developing a strategy for improving the competitiveness of a short food chain organisation through the application of innovations.


Short food supply chain; value proposition; technological innovation; non-technological innovation; competitiveness; success factors

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