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Creative Commons licence CC BY-NC (Attribution-NonCommercial)Logforum. 2020. 16(4), article 1, 475-485; DOI: https://doi.org/10.17270/J.LOG.2020.502


Abderahman Rejeb1, Karim Rejeb2, John G. Keogh3

1Széchenyi István University, Győr, Hungary
Higher Institute of Computer Science, Ariana, Tunisia 3Henley Business School, University of Reading, UK


Background: Throughout history, the world has witnessed natural disasters affecting businesses and societies with varying degrees of disruption. COVID-19 (henceforth C19) constituted a significant system shock and a stark reminder of the fragility and sensitive nature of supply chains. The pandemic has exerted considerable societal and economic pressure and has had an adverse impact on food supply chains in particular. Many food processing operations were forced to alter activities or close temporarily due to outbreaks. Societal lockdowns, travel restrictions, business closures and quarantine have led to structural changes in the productivity of economies and impacted the mental health and financial wellbeing of citizens. 

Methods: We present a critical review of the literature to explore the impact of C19 on the food supply chain. We collected data from journal articles retrieved from a leading scientific database (i.e., Scopus), books, chapters, conference proceedings, reports, and a variety of Internet websites. For the literature search, we used the following words; "COVID-19" and "food".

Results and conclusions: The findings of the review suggest that the C19 pandemic poses unprecedented challenges for food supply chains. We reveal that C19 has raised food insecurity and food safety concerns, increased supply chain and logistics costs and radically changed consumer behavior. On the positive side, the pandemic has improved awareness of food waste and the importance of self-grown foods. We generated nine research propositions to foster future academic research. Our study also highlighted the need to advance this literature and calls for increased attention from the supply chain management and logistics community to further analyse and quantify the impact of C19 on the food chain.

Keywords: COVID-19, food supply chain, food insecurity, food safety, consumer behavior, food waste
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MLA Rejeb, Abderahman, et al. "Covid-19 and the food chain? Impacts and future research trends." Logforum 16.4 (2020): 1. DOI: https://doi.org/10.17270/J.LOG.2020.502
APA Abderahman Rejeb, Karim Rejeb, John G. Keogh (2020). Covid-19 and the food chain? Impacts and future research trends. Logforum 16 (4), 1. DOI: https://doi.org/10.17270/J.LOG.2020.502
ISO 690 REJEB, Abderahman, REJEB, Karim, KEOGH, John G.. Covid-19 and the food chain? Impacts and future research trends. Logforum, 2020, 16.4: 1. DOI: https://doi.org/10.17270/J.LOG.2020.502