Value chain analysis: an approach to supply chain improvement in agri‐food chains

David H. Taylor (Lean Enterprise Research Centre, Cardiff Business School, University of Wales, Cardiff, UK)

International Journal of Physical Distribution & Logistics Management

ISSN: 0960-0035

Publication date: 1 December 2005



To develop an innovative methodology to apply lean value chain improvement techniques to a complete supply chain for a food product from farm to consumer.


Action research based on a UK case study involving farmers, a food processor and a major retailer.


Value stream analysis (VCA) highlights significant opportunities to improve supply chain performance, profitability and relationships.

Research limitations/implications

Lean/VCA methodologies can be readily applied to the retail and processor elements of food chains. However, further research is required to apply the concepts to farm operations.

Practical implications

Subsequent to this research, VCA techniques have been increasingly adopted in UK agri‐food sectors including meat, dairy, cereals and horticulture.


Application of lean concepts and VCA in the agri‐food sector. Development of a multi‐echelon supply chain improvement methodology.



Taylor, D. (2005), "Value chain analysis: an approach to supply chain improvement in agri‐food chains", International Journal of Physical Distribution & Logistics Management, Vol. 35 No. 10, pp. 744-761.

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