Renzo Akkerman


As part of the envisioned transition to a circular economy, efficient use of natural resources has become more and more important across many industries. In the food industry, many waste streams and by-product flows are increasingly considered valuable resources that can be valorized as food or bio-based products to increase the efficiency and sustainability of food supply chains. For food supply chain management, this means an increased focus on valorizing all parts of agricultural raw materials and food waste streams, as well as a focus on valorizing these product flows in the best way possible. Based on several circular economy cases, this presentation will discuss the main challenges and opportunities for supply chain management in the context of the circular economy.


Renzo Akkerman is Associate Professor in Operations Research and Logistics at Wageningen University. Earlier, he was Professor in Operations Management and Technology at the Technical University of Munich and Associate Professor in Operations Management at the Technical University of Denmark.

He graduated from the University of Groningen with a PhD in Operations Management and an MSc in Econometrics and Operations Research.

His (often interdisciplinary) research focuses on food supply chain management. Specific topics range from efficient resource (e.g. water) utilization in food processing to the design and planning of food supply chains considering food-specific characteristics (e.g. quality, safety, and sustainability).


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