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New Food Chain Journal About to Publish Fourth Edition

I have posted previously about the “New” Food Chain, which is the successor to the original food chain magazine which was originally published and widely distributed for free by ITDG, (later Practical Action). The original magazine is replaced by a new International Peer Reviewed Journal as explained here by Practical action.

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Food Chain is now about to publish its 4th issue and is disseminating interesting smaller scale food enterprise information within its Food Value Chain focus.

To allow you to get an idea of what the journal offers, the first edition is now free for download. The first edition published the following articles, which can be accessed by clicking on the image above.

If you are interested you can subscribe, buy individual articles online or use the free online abstracts.

Food Chain – New Food Processing Journal – Free 1 year Subscription

Food Chain – a Journal well known to small scale food processors in the 90s, is being relaunced with a wider view of the issues effecting the success of food processing in development.

Food Chain  new journal for 2011  Inbox

from: Practical Action Publishing
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Clicking on the email I received above will take you to the web page where you will be able to get more information about the contents of the journal.

You will also find a link to an email address where you can subscribe to a free electronic subscription for the first year.

This looks like its going to be a valuable resource especially if we all make contributions.

Do You Remember Food Chain? – Its Being Relaunched & Is Looking For Informed Authors!


Professor Peter Fellows has been appointed Editor for the relaunch of Food Chain by Practical Action, previously ITDG. The journal is described as an international journal of small-scale food processing and food supply management.


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from: Practical Action
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The first issue which will be an evaluation of the status of small scale food process from a worldwide perspective. The copy date for articles for this issue will be July 1. Should you wist to write something have a look at the suggestions for topics below and contact me by email so we can have a look at your idea and see how we can assist.
If you aren’t able to write this time please keep Food Chain, which will be a 6 monthly peer reviewed journal, in mind. Please contact me with any ideas or suggestions you might have
  • What are the recent developments in small-scale food processing?

  • Where is small-scale food processing heading (national or regional trends)

  • Raw material supplies

  • How to ensure consistent quality and reliable deliveries of raw materials.

  • Processing equipment/technology transfer

  • The relative cost/benefits of investment in new equipment or employing additional staff.

  • Is it better to have equipment made by local engineers or to import it?

  • Research and development of low-cost or appropriate processing equipment.

  • Achievements and obstacles to the transfer of novel processing technologies to small-scale producers.

  • Packaging supplies

  • What can be done to improve the variety of available packaging and reduce the costs? Experiences of new packaging that have assisted marketing and improved the sales of foods from small-scale processors.

  • Research and development into low-cost packaging, recycling and re-use of packaging, and/or biodegradable packaging.

  • Development of low-cost packaging machinery.

  • Quality assurance/food legislation

  • Research and development of simple, low-cost analytical methods.

  • Needs of small-scale processors for further research into food analysis and quality assurance methods.

  • Experiences of the application of quality assurance systems, including HACCP and ISO 9000 or 22 000, in small-scale food processing.

  • The effect of supermarket growth on quality standards required from small-scale producers.

  • How can small-scale producers meet national and international quality standards, and comply with food regulations or buyer standards for food quality and food safety?

  • Environmental impacts

  • Methods or experiences of re-using of waste materials, research and development in waste disposal to reduce environmental impacts.

  • Research and development into reducing energy consumption in food processing, alternative low-energy equipment, experiences of reducing the total energy load of small-scale businesses.

  • Distribution, sales and marketing

  • Research or experiences of novel methods to reach customers using printed materials, radio or TV media, the Internet, exhibitions and trade fairs.

  • Is it better to sell locally or to export? – experiences of sales to multi-national companies, fair trade organisations, food relief operations, local wholesalers or supermarkets, and directly to local consumers.

  • The effect of supermarkets on suppressing or stimulating local small-scale food processing.

  • Research and development or experiences of novel food distribution methods that reduce energy consumption, maintain food quality or better meet customers’ needs.

  • Getting involved in global value chains – is there a role for small-scale producers and what are the risks and benefits?

  • Financial and business management

  • Development of simple methods for financial management or business planning, and experiences of applying the methods.

  • The future role of banks and other lending agencies in financing small-scale food enterprises.

  • Training/staff development

  • Developments in food processing training – new methods and novel training materials.

  • Experiences of retaining staff, improving staff welfare and benefits.

  • The role of workers in achieving a successful small enterprise.

Wellbeing Foods

Here’s a rather serious article about the whole wellbeing food issue looking at the implications on the manufacturers and retailers side.


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The article argues that supermarkets are responding to consumer needs and manufacturers are moving towards new products to increase income.

An interesting issue raised is that much of the new manufacturing is being linked to bioscience and nanotechnology, both of which are not natural.