Organic Supply Chain Collaboration: A Case Study in Eight EU Countries

S. Naspetti, Nicolas Harry Lampkin, Pip Nicholas-Davies, Matthias Schultz, Raffaele Zanoli

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This study aims at contributing to a better understanding of the linkage between supply chain performance and possible performance improvement with respect to food quality and safety. Therefore, the article addresses the question whether the level of collaborative planning and close supply chain relationships could help improve the quality and safety of organic supply chains. The study was conducted as part of the multi-disciplinary EU-wide survey of organic supply chains, carried out in eight European countries. In this article we report the results of the study regarding the structures and performance of six different organic supply chains in these eight European countries for: milk (CH, UK), apples (DE, CH), pork (UK, NL), eggs (DE, UK), wheat (HU, IT, FR) and tomatoes (IT, NL). In-depth interviews with key-informants were carried out in 2006 to investigate the structures, performance, and relationships within the supply chains. Results show a low level of collaboration among various actors especially in cost and benefit sharing. Highly integrated supply chains show higher collaboration especially in the domain of Decision Synchronization. Trust and collaboration appear to be related with increased performance, whereas the higher the perceived risk for quality and safety, the higher the probability of supply chain collaboration.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)141-162
Number of pages22
JournalJournal of Food Products Marketing
Issue number2-3
Publication statusPublished - 12 Apr 2011


  • supply chain management
  • organic food industry
  • food quality and safety
  • Supply chain management
  • Collaboration
  • Performance
  • Trust
  • Food quality and safety
  • Organic food industry


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