Global Industrial Food System

Table of Contents
Abstract    3
Introduction    3
Supply chain    4
Quality control    5
Production planning    6
Case study analysis-Marel Fish    6
Situation before methodology    7
Situation after methodology    7
Conclusion    9
References    10


The global industrial food system simply represents channels through which food passes before reaching the end user. The discussion will be structured in form of a report. This report will outline the mode of packaging and preparing food before entry into the market. The report will explain how the chain moves from one step to the next and how the products reach the market. The report will be detailed as possible. This will offer more information to the users of the report. The report will ensure that information about various steps of the chain is clearly brought to the fore. The strategies used in fish preservation will be highlighted in order to get a clear picture of the situation on the ground. A comprehensive and clear cut approach will be used in enhancing the structure of the report.


The global industrial food system is composed of channels through which food passes before hitting the market (Berkel, 2014, p. 30). According to analysts, the global industrial food system is a perfect example of how food comes a long way before reaching consumers. Consumers go on with the business of consuming foods like fish and may sometimes not get a clear picture of the processes through which the fish passes. It is worth noting that the global industrial food system runs on a platform full of steps and procedures aimed at making food available to the consumer market. The procedures are meant to develop a better and consolidated mechanism of supplying foods like fish. Therefore, the food supply system is composed of a well refined and articulated system of preparing food before reaching the consumer market. “The consumer market is considered as highly dynamic” (Berkel, 2014, p. 34). This has seen those involved in the supply of food on a global scale embark on developing the right channels for the system. In addition, a lot of careful considering and making tough choices is involved in the system development.

Supply chain

Simply put, a supply chain ensures that all links are properly functioning right from production to the final consumer. The first step with regards to this is obviously the marketing system. This includes all links between suppliers and users, and includes all mechanisms, operators, services and interchanges which determine relationships between physical products and producer earnings. A marketing system that is well functioning  gives consumer preferences, information on prices, trends and market situation (Marchello, 2014, p 45).
The supply chain is marked by the receipt of fish produce from primary sources. “In this case, the company receives obtains fish produce from different suppliers” (Marchello, 2014, p. 47). The suppliers are guided and advised on how to observe the standards. For example, suppliers to Fish Food inventories are expected to supply the company with fish produce with no chemicals. The idea behind this requirement is to obtain fish produce that meets the demands of the market. According to researchers in the food market, consumers prefer fish produced under the right conditions. This is an indication that there are standards which ought to be met. The supply chain at Fish Food Inventories has undergone a number of changes aimed at making the latter more effective. An effective supply chain is more profitable and maximizes on the distribution system. The changes enacted on the supply chain are a manifestation of the need to supply the market in the right way. The market system should always be fine- tuned in order to maximize on long term benefits of the market (Marchello, 2014, p. 67).

Quality control

Quality control, simply put, is quality maintenance that ensures customer satisfaction is ensured in a manner that is economical. This includes steps such as process specification, product specification, and process control. Process specification largely benefits the producer, whereas product specification describes what is wanted by the customers. Process control involves the process being checked to ensure correct functioning of all operations.
Thanks to the quality control approach, the company has been able to attain myriad strides in the consumer market. The first benefit of quality controls is trust in the market. The market has received and appreciated products from the company in the last couple of years. Making a leap in the industry has been helped by high quality products. “The motive of controlling quality has sent the right message to the market”. Thus, the market has become confident with regards to products offered by the company. Trust is an important aspect when it comes to making a leap in the market. Without trust, it becomes hard to convince the market about the authenticity of products. The quality control strategy employed by Fish Food Inventories has been timely in the sense that the market was ready for a new start. Quality controls introduce a fresh breath of stability to the company. This is illustrated by a better outlook for the company in the days ahead (Berkel, 2014, p. 27).

Production planning

The production planning at Fishes Inventories has made progress. A look at facts on the ground reveals that the company has been on the forefront in terms of planning production. “Planning the production process is not easy as it requires a sense of collective action and cooperation from different ranks of a production chain” (Marchello, 2014, p. 39). Therefore, Fish Foods has been upbeat about setting a consolidated production planning system that is in line with the market system. Time and again, the market system keeps on changing. This shows that production patterns ought to change with time in order to make sense of the realities in the market. For example, fishes Inventories has created a database meant for collecting and relaying information in real time (Tawari, 2011, p. 44).
This mechanism is aimed at getting a clear picture of how the market system works. There is also a correlation between production planning and cost constraints. Cost constraints are preceded by production planning since the latter is dependent on how well production is leveraged within the wider consumer market ecosystem. “The management should strive to leverage the company in order to make a difference in the consumer market” (Berkel, 2014, p. 33). These efforts should not be relented as they provide a better path for the company in the consumer markets.

Case study analysis-Marel Fish

The global industrial food system can be illustrated by Marel. Marel is a food company that sells food products on a global scale. The food produced at Marel is composed of fish products delicacies preferred by people living in the urban areas. The growth and development of the company has been extra ordinary. “The company takes advantage aspects such as quality control and production planning to advance its objectives” (Tawari, 2011, p. 49). This is the reason why the company has made numerous strides in the previous years.
The supply chain system of the company is composed of various segments required for assessing the movement and development of products. The chain is also composed of other segments solely responsible for thrusting the required components. There is a lot of hard work required in terms of developing the supply chain at the company. The supply chain of Marel defines how the company handles the market in the long haul. According to credible sources, Marel has embarked on continuous review of products in a bid to make the right moves in the market (Tawari, 2011, p. 54).

Situation before methodology

The management at Marel was fond of using old practices associated with the supply chain and quality controls. “Before the establishment of this methodology, it is vital to note that the company had not come to terms with the reality of modern supply systems” (Tawari, 2011, p. 51).
The case of Marel is a classic example of how companies score low in terms of incorporating the required systems of undertaking operations. Marel had not incorporated new techniques of managing operations. For example, the production planning model of the company was marred with many cases of waste and cost overruns. The company could not meet most of its objectives within the given time threshold (Tawari, 2011, p. 55).

Situation after methodology

The situation after methodology was composed of a more focused and articulate business platform that took advantage of new techniques of doing business. It is important to note that Marel was ready to change the course of things. This was not an easy task given the level of sacrifice adopted by the company. Making changes within the supply framework of any organization is not easy and requires bold efforts from all corners of the company. The first issue that the company addressed was the supply chain (Pel, 2014, p. 37).
The supply chain of the company was reformed in order to create more room for diversity and consumer interaction. “It was realized that the consumer market was the most important aspect when dealing with the supply chain” (Pel, 2014, p. 43). After sometime, the company was able to deliver on the promise of satisfying the conditions of the market. As noted in the opening section of this discussion, the consumer market is highly volatile and requires a proactive approach.
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Distributing fish supplies is no easy task. On a global scale, the idea of diverse and complicated consumption patterns is real. It is therefore the role of the company to learn the new patterns of consumption and think of better ways of doing business. The case of Fishes Inventory shows how and why companies ought to be aggressive. This is the only way for businesses and organizations in the long term. “A lot of education and investment is required in the field of supplies and logistics” (Berkel, 2014, p. 40). This is because the latter constitutes a larger section of the business platform. The future is definitely going to be different from the current situation. Thus more interest should be directed to the future.  This is enough reason for companies to invest in the future.

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