Special Issues

Journal of Food Engineering

Elsevier, IF 3.625, Scopus/WoS

Special Issue: "Food Engineering Strategies for Sustainable Food Supply Chains"

Sustainability of food supply chains requires the development of innovative and technologically advanced processing technologies, smart packaging solutions, efficient storage and transportation systems and optimized operations that enhance synergies throughout the supply chain. Within such a wide and complex ecosystem, quantitative models and methods intended towards designing, prototyping, engineering and monitoring of novel food products, developing designer foods (e.g. functional foods), eco-friendly food package, as well as adopting sustainable processing and distribution technologies and strategies are vital. Hence, innovative strategies and solutions must be considered in light of their economic, environmental and social impact on all supply chain participants to ensure that benefits and risks are shared equitably without generating undesirable externalities.

This Special Issue of the Journal of Food Engineering is seeking original papers that describe advances in sustainable food production, including those of developments in food processing and packaging technologies, wastes and by-products valorization, distribution solutions, technologies and strategies that retain food quality and enhance food safety.

Articles are expected to cover the entire chain from consumer expectations and demands to food processing, using profitability, sustainability and social acceptability as the primary lenses of assessment. Whilst relevant papers focusing on single process/aspect of the food supply chain will be considered, preference will be given to those multidisciplinary contributions able to address different issues concurrently and to assess and optimize multi-dimension impacts of the global food industry.

Sustainability (Open)

MDPI, IF 2.592, Scopus/WoS

Special Issue: "Sustainable Agri-Food Supply Chains: Advanced Engineering Strategies for Climate Change Mitigation"

This Special Issue aims at collecting emerging models, methods, support-decision tools but also advanced technology able to incorporate environmental sustainability targets in the design and management and control of FSC ecosystems. Articles are expected to cover the entire chain from growers to consumers, using environmental and economic sustainability as the primary lenses of assessment. Whilst relevant papers focusing on quantitative predictive and prescriptive methodologies will be considered, preference will be given to those contributions able to provide empirical evidence and practical implications of the environmental benefits obtained in real-world food industry cases.

The papers selected by the Scientific Committee o will be encouraged for resubmission to this SI with a favorable publishing policy.

Publishing Policy: The best 2 papers selected by the Scientifc Committee encouraged to submit to the SI with APC waived (100% Off). Other selected papers encouraged to submit with a 50% discount of APC. 

Journal of Cleaner Production (Open)

Elsevier, IF 6.395, Scopus/WoS

Special Issue: "Sustainable Food Supply Chains: Emerging technologies and strategies toward low-carbon ecosystems"

Climate change is massively altering the dynamics of natural ecosystems. These systems are collapsing under an increasing human pressure, resulting in pollution of air, water, and soil as well as unsustainable exploitation of non-renewable natural and abiotic resources. The agri-food industry, heavily tied to climate issues and dependent on natural ecosystems, is growing and expanding too to fulfil this food demand, hereby exacerbating the environmental pressure and burdening this vicious cycle.

These trends result in many challenges in managing food supply chains: from cultivating agricultural materials to food treatment, processing, and distribution, as well as packaging, storage, and the valorization of by-products and wastes. A new holistic design and management paradigm, able to transcend the boundaries of the current practice and methodologies and to shift the focus from the pure profitability of food operations to their environmental and social externalities, is expected.

Indeed, sustainable food supply chains must address food security, promote environmentally sustainable development, and balance growers and consumers participation with ecosystem services and biodiversity.

These ambitious challenges require always more holistic and multi-disciplinary support-decision tools for optimizing and greening the entire food supply chain as a spatially unbounded ecosystem.

This Special Issue aims at collecting emerging models, methods, and decision support tools, but also advanced technology able to incorporate environmental sustainability targets in the design and operation of food supply chain ecosystems. Articles are allowed to focus on part of the supply chain, but are expected to place their work in the context of the larger food supply chain, using environmental sustainability as the primary lens of assessment. Preference will be given to those contributions providing quantitative methodologies and practical tools able to measure and reduce the environmental pressure of food industries.

Furthermore, this Special Issue values interdisciplinarity, and is intended for researchers operating in the wide field of food and agricultural ecosystems, connecting disciplines like decision sciences, data sciences, energy engineering, industrial engineering, environmental engineering, packaging and material science, agricultural science.