Reverse Logistics in Food Manufacturing Plants : Economic, Environmental, and Social Incentives : A Case Study on The Kellogg Company
Turk, Hassan Y.
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This paper analyzes the potential of implementing reverse logistics models in food manufacturing plants in pursuit of economic, environmental, and social gains. Reverse logistics is essentially the reverse distribution of a product, from consumer back to producer, at the end of the products life. The objective of this is to recapture potential value of end of life products via remanufacturing. Not only does this serve as a source of economic gains, but eliminating material from the landfill is also associated with environmental and social benefits. While literature of reverse logistics is very dense, there is gap on the effectiveness of reverse logistics in food manufacturing plants due to the perishable nature of food products. Typically, perishable goods such as food end at the point of consumption; there is no reverse distribution. Hence, this paper aims at addressing conventional reverse logistics along with the said gap. A case study from the Kellogg Company Eggo waffle manufacturing plant located in Rossville, Tennessee is used to speak to the incentives of reverse logistics in food manufacturing plants.