The Benelux Society for Horticultural Science (BNL-SHS) together with Wageningen University and the industry convened a symposium of one day on Global Sourcing of Flowers and Food which was held on 23 November, 2007 at WICC – Wageningen.
The majority of the large retail groups have concentrated their acquisition policy on global sourcing of foodstuff and ornamentals in order to have flowers and food available every day of the year with a certified quality and safety.
This imposes all sorts of restrictions and limits to the entire production and supply chains of these products. Both science and industry are struggling with this demand and trying to turn this into an advantage.
Presentations (handouts in PDF available for download) :
- Global Sourcing: Just in Time Delivery vs Quality control (J. van der Vorst) (PDF)
- Teaching global sourcing in an international setting (U. van Meeteren) (PDF)
- A European approach to science of global sourcing (O. van Kooten) (PDF)
- Innovations in fruits and vegetables on a global market (E. Woltering) (PDF)
- A breeding perspective on Global sourcing (J. Doldersum, Rijk Zwaan) (PDF)
- Year round fruits and vegetables, what does it take? (the Greenery) (PDF)
- Why does the retail want global sourcing? (J. de Vriend, Innovative Fresh Support, former Royal Ahold) (PDF)