Resilience in the food chain: A study of business continuity management in the food and drink industry. Peck, H. Final Report to the Dep. for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, Dep. of Defence Management & Security Analysis, Cranfield University, Shrivenham, 2006. 00000
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This report presents the findings of a one -year study to assess the resilience of the retail food and drink supply chains in Engl and. The research was commissioned by the Department for Environment, Food & Rural Affairs (Defra). Its purpose is to contribute towards ‘evidence-based’ policy making in relation to Defra’s responsibilities as Lead Government Department for food and drink supply, under the Cabinet Office Capabilities Programme (Cabinet Office 006). An e mergency is defined here in line with the C ivil Contingencies Act (2004) as “anevent or situ ation which threatens serious damage to human welfare”. Disruption to the supply of money, food, water, energy, fuel, communications or transport, as well as terrorism, are all situations deemed to pose such a threat. The research is part of a wider programme of work underway within government to improve its ability to deal with the effects of systemic ‘creeping crises’ such as livestock diseases, pandemcs or fuel shortages, as well as site-specific sudden onset emergencies (natural disasters or terrorist attacks etc). The aim of this study is to ascertain the current state of Business Continuity Management (BCM) in the food & drink industry; in particular, the scope, extent and limitations of continuity planning, practices and procedures within organisations engaged in the supply of a limited number of key product categories. The work takes a systems-based approach, and involves some of the county’s leading supermarket chains, wholesalers, food and drink manufacturing companies, their suppliers and transport providers, together with a number of industry associations. A total of 61 senior managers from 28 organisations contributed directly to this report. Most of the organisations were amongst the biggest, best-known and best-resourced companies in the industry, in the UK and around the world. Three were small independent retailers. The report is constructed and presented in a way that is designed to protect the identities of individuals and their organisations, whilst allowing the managers’ own voices to be heard. All quotations presented have been verified by the original source(s) as fair representatins of their view(s) and approved from inclusion in this report.

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