Decision support models for fresh fruits and vegetables supply chain management

Omar Ahumada, J. Rene Villalobos

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In this chapter we present planning tools for the planning and coordination of the supply chain of fresh fruits and vegetables. In particular, we introduce an integrated planning environment that seeks to maximize the profits for a farmer-shipper with the capability of advancing vertically in the supply chain structure to position his production at different levels of the supply chain, including direct shipment to terminal markets. The models presented address different levels of planning scope, from operational, through tactical, to strategic. However, the focus is on tactical and operational planning. Both levels of planning incorporate the perishability of the underlying products into the models. While each fruit and vegetable presents its own peculiarities, we use the case of tomato as a proxy for the rest of the fresh fruits and vegetables.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationSustainable Food Supply Chains
Subtitle of host publicationPlanning, Design, and Control through Interdisciplinary Methodologies
Number of pages21
ISBN (Electronic)9780128134115
ISBN (Print)9780128134122
StatePublished - Jan 1 2019


  • Food distribution planning
  • Fresh fruit supply chain
  • Optimization
  • Perishable products
  • Vegetable distribution

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Engineering
  • General Agricultural and Biological Sciences


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