Re-distributed manufacturing and the food-water-energy nexus: opportunities and challenges

Veldhuis, Anton, Glover, Jane, Bradley, David, Behzadian, Kourosh ORCID:, Butler, David, Cottee, Julian, Downing, Clare, Farmani, Raziyeh, Ingram, John and Leach, Matthew (2019) Re-distributed manufacturing and the food-water-energy nexus: opportunities and challenges. Production Planning & Control, 30 (7). pp. 593-609. ISSN 0953-7287

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Addressing the intersection of two important emerging research areas, re-distributed manufacturing (RDM) and the food-energy-water (FEW) nexus, this work combines insights from technical, business and policy perspectives and explores opportunities and challenges towards a more localised and sustainable food system. Analysis centred on two specific food products, namely bread and tomato paste reveals that the feasibility and potential of RDM vary with the type of food product and the supply chain components. Technically, energy efficiency, water consumption and reduction of waste and carbon footprint may be affected by scale and location of production activities and potentials of industrial symbiosis. From the business perspective, novel products, new markets and new business models are expected in order for food RDM to penetrate within the established food industry. Studies on policies, through the lens of public procurement, call for solid evidence of envisioned environmental, social and economic benefits of a more localised food system. An initial integrated framework is proposed for understanding and assessing food RDM and the FEW nexus.

Item Type: Article
Identifier: 10.1080/09537287.2018.1540055
Additional Information: This is an Open Access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License (, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.
Keywords: food-energy-water nexus, re-distributed manufacturing, local food, food manufacturing, business model, policy
Subjects: Construction and engineering > Civil and environmental engineering
Depositing User: Kourosh Behzadian
Date Deposited: 26 Jun 2017 23:36
Last Modified: 06 Feb 2024 15:53


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