Quality management in food chains

Edited by Ludwig Theuvsen, Achim Spiller, Martina Peupert and Gabriele Jahn 
Wageningen Academic Publishers  2007  

Hardcover  512 pp  ISBN 9789076998909      £100.00
This publication comprises material on recent studies on quality management in agri-food chains. Due to several food crisis's (e.g. BSE, Foot-and-Mouth disease) and growing demands for food quality and safety, quality management systems and quality assurance schemes have been widely adopted in different countries in recent years. Scientific knowledge about the features, the acceptance and the effectiveness and efficiency of these newly introduced quality management initiatives, has remained scarce until now. The material by experts in the field, focuses on the evaluation of quality management systems and quality assurance schemes.

The main issues are the costs and benefits of quality management given the influence of the public sector and consumers' expectations about food quality and safety. Not only are benchmarking and harmonisation methods examined with regard to their impact on the effectiveness of quality assurance schemes, but, also the role of trust, cooperation and integration for efficient quality management is discussed. Different economic theories such as microeconomics, organization and marketing theory as well as advanced statistical methods are applied. Concepts are discussed from the various points of view of industrialised, export-oriented and developing countries throughout the book.

The information in this book gives a comprehensive review of quality management concepts in food chains and highlight future research directions from a global perspective. This book is of interest to all those who concern themselves with the topic, be it in academia or in the professional sector.



  • Perspectives of quality management in modern agribusiness, Ludwig Theuvsen and Achim Spiller

Invited speakers

  • Economics of standard owners: competition as barrier to global harmonisation of food assurance systems , Kristian Moller
  • Facade and means of control: the use of ISO 9000 standards, Peter Walgenbach

Firm's costs and benefits of quality management and quality assurance systems

  • Firm's costs of traceability confronted with consumer requirements , Xavier Gellynck, Renata Januszewska, Wim Verbeke and Jacques Viaene
  • The effect of transaction costs associated with certification of exports on the profitability of farming systems for Chilean small farmers , Pablo Villalobos, Michel Leporati, Luis Saez and Carlos Padilla
  • Production costs of citrus growing in the Comunidad Valenciana (Spain): EurepGAP protocol versus standard production , Elena Maria Peris Moll and Juan Francisco Julia Igual
  • The role of ISO standards in micro and small-scale food ingredient companies , Miriam Quintero Arellanes and Seamus O'Reilly
  • Company costs and benefits of organic processed food , Cristina Mora and Davide Menozzi
  • The effects of certification costs on the success of a PDO/PGI, Giovanni Belletti, Tunia Burgassi, Andrea Marescotti and Silvia Scaramuzzi

Strategic, organisational and human resource management aspects of quality management

  • Improving quality-related communication in food chains with Quality Function Deployment: the dairy industry, Martina Peupert and Ludwig Theuvsen
  • Failure Mode and Effect Analysis (FMEA) as a decision support tool within a quality information system in pork production chains , Andreas Godderz, Thomas Schmitz, Adriane Mack and Brigitte Petersen
  • Quality assurance in agribusiness: evaluating 'Qualitat und Sicherheit' and 'QM Milch' from a Total Quality Management perspective, Ludwig Theuvsen and Martina Peupert
  • Regional quality programs: relevance, objectives and strategies , Oliver Poignee and Gerhard Schiefer
  • Development of a process oriented management system based on a data bank: an approach to successfully fulfil quality requirements in food industry , Hartmut F. Binner and Christiane Jansen
  • Network management for dairy productivity and quality in Ethiopia , Marijke D'Haese, Gian-Nicola Francesconi and Ruerd Ruben
  • Organisational process alternatives for process simulation in agri-food processing and trade: the case of the grain chain, Thomas Hannus, Volker Jahn, Oliver Poignee and Gerhard Schiefer
  • Maintaining organic integrity: tackling fraud in organics, Jochen Neuendorff and Ulrich Fischer

Consumers' expectations of quality assurance and management systems

  • Food Quality signals and customer confusion: is there a relevance for the marketing of food products?, Rainer Kuhl and Wiebke Schulz
  • Brands as quality signals in the meat market: lessons from the poultry sector, Maren Luth and Achim Spiller
  • Food quality from a consumer's perspective , Maike Bruhn and Carola Grebitus
  • Perceived safety of organic and regional food from a perspective of uncertain consumers, Rainer Franz, Ulrich Enneking and Richard Balling
  • Consumers' view and awareness of genetically modified food, Antje Wirthgen and Anja Fase
  • Information releases concerning food scares and their impact on the aggregate demand: using artificial consumer societies, Volker Saggau
  • The importance of emotional quality as a buying pattern argument: results of a consumer survey, Silvia Zenner, Bernd Wirthgen and Marianne Altmann

Benchmarking and harmonisation methods and their effects on the effectiveness of quality assurance schemes

  • Conception of integrated models for quality management in production chains in the agri-food sector , Stephanie Krieger and Gerhard Schiefer
  • The organisation of private auditing systems and their limitations: a comparative analysis of the Eurep systems, Armelle Maze, Myriam Ait-Aissa, Nathalie Verjux, Georges Carrotte, Caroline Hedouin and Aurelien Vaucelle
  • Analysis of the compatibility of selected quality systems in agriculture and food production , Bettina Rother

Farmers' perceptions and motivation on food safety and quality

  • Enhancing the acceptance of quality systems by German farmers: the case of quality management and quality assurance, Ulrich Enneking, Thomas Obersojer, Richard Balling, Marion Kratzmair and Anton Kreitmeir
  • Controversial positions about the QS System in agriculture: an empirical study , Gabriele Jahn and Achim Spiller
  • Growers' perceptions about EurepGAP in developing countries: results of a survey carried out in Peru , Angelo Lazo, Gabriele Jahn and Achim Spiller
  • Dairy farmer's acceptance of a processor driven quality management system: a structural equation model, Gabriele Jahn and Achim Spiller

Quality management: a supply chain perspective

  • Comparison among quality assurance and management schemes regarding the ability to enhance suppliers-retailers relationships in Emilia-Romagna (Italy) , Maurizio Canavari, Roberta Spadoni and Erika Pignatti
  • Prevention of food scandals by means of contracts , Alexander M. Hinrichs
  • Globalisation, quality management and vertical coordination in food chains of transition countries, Liesbeth Dries and Johan F.M. Swinnen
  • The consequences of heterogeneous agents and moral hazard on food safety and trade, Norbert Hirschauer and Oliver Mushoff
  • Supplier relationship management in the German dairy industry, Sabine Gerlach, Achim Spiller and Christian Wocken
  • Trust and e-commerce in the agrifood industry: configuration of a trust environment for e-commerce activities, Melanie Fritz, Tobias Hausen, Gerhard Schiefer and Maurizio Canavari
  • Actor organisation for QAS along agro supply-chains: the case of mycotoxins reduction in Southern Cone grains, Alejandra Engler, Guy Henry, Daniel H. Iglesias, Alexandre Florindo Alves, Gonzalo Gutierrez and Elisabete Salay
  • Does food quality management create a competitive advantage?, Jon Hanf and Claus-Hennig Hanf
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