Short Food Supply ChainBringing food producers and consumers closer
This story is part of SKIN, the EU thematic network on short food supply chain.
Fresh ProductsKey elements for success within SFSC
Freshness is the first reason to buy
TechnologiesCan SFCs exploit the new technologies which are now emerging and gain an advantage over established supply chains?
Consumer facing technologiesOnline sales, home delivery or vending machines are changing how consumers buy food
Primary processing technologiesAutomated, robotic graders improving labour productivity and pack out percentages
Advanced food processing technologiesNew cooking technologies, reducing energy use and cooking time or improving product quality
Distribution and logistics technologyThe use of dataloggers to monitor the supply chain, to increae product shelf life and address food safety concerns
RegulationsOne of the several factors (human ressources, legal/administrative framework, market/profitability, soft facts…) determining the functioning of SFSC
- Legislation as such, i.e. (national) laws, EU regulations and directives;
- Guidelines, guidance documents, administrative handbooks, manuals, FAQ’s etc., i.e. everything which helps to understand and apply legislation.
Under the radarSpecial topics related to SFSC regulations
LogisticsHow SFSC producers face distribution costs and compete with supermarkets?
Buy online, pick up offlineSmartlockers
An area for innovation in logisticsFood deliveryDelivery service make the link between producers or farmer’s markets and the consumer
Skills and AKIS
Skills and AKIS
Improving the Business of D2CWhat does D2C (Direct 2 Consumers) mean for individual farm businesses?
- Consider farms as businesses rather than production unit
- Consider farmers as entrepreneurs that need a comprehensive modern understanding of sales, marketing, distribution, consumer psychology and dynamics
- Provide farmers with life-long-learning skills
Prepared for the futureUrban & hi-tech farming
- Urban farming and vertical farming;
- production based on hydroponic,aeroponic and dryponic systems;
- animal-free systems for production of meat, poultry, fish, milk and leather products;
- alternative protein production based on insects or cellular-agriculture using algae, yeast and fungi
Social Value comes First
The main challenge of SFSCs is ensuring good revenue to farmers while offering good quality products to all categories of consumers.
Join the Network
We established a permanent network of stakeholders, working on the improvement of SFSC efficiency for the economic growth of the sector for the benefits of European farmers and citizens.
Join our community