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Food Business Management

Agri-Food Business Management is a joint study programme of three universities that renders integrated theoretical knowledge and practical skills for understanding the agricultural and food market and managing agricultural and food industry businesses.  The studies will be held in all three Baltic States, which prepares the graduates for the international career.

Studying agri-food business management will give you insights by the leaders of the most successful agricultural and food businesses and organizations in the Baltic States and competencies to perform successfully in the entire Baltic region as well as internationally. The programme provides a network with the current and future leaders of agricultural and food businesses in the Baltic States and you can experience cultural and business diversity of the three countries.

Our partner universities are Latvia University of Life Sciences and Technologies (LLU), Aleksandras Stulginskis University (ASU).

Food Business Management Techniques

The studies will be held in states, which prepares the graduates for the international career in agricultural, food industry and bioeconomy businesses and organizations.

First semester in Estonia

Subjects: Agri-food economics & policy, bioeconomy, research strategies and methods, leadership, corporate culture and human resource development, cooperative management.

Second semester in Lithuania

Subjects: Finance management, managerial accounting, and control, strategic management of agribusiness, agribusiness planning and evaluation of investment and development projects.

Third semester in Latvia

Subjects: Operations and supply-chain management in agribusiness, innovation of food system, international agri-food business marketing, integrated marketing communication in agribusiness.

Fourth semester is dedicated to the Master’s thesis and shall take place at the admitting university (with the possibility to select supervisor from other associated universities).

Food Business Management Training

The food industry is one of the most important sectors of Greek manufacturing. The industry has an outstanding position in the Greek economy, contributing significantly to the overall economy and GDP. It is a very dynamic competitive and extrovert industry.
The MBA in Food Business Management focuses on the various aspects of management such as practices, processes and outcomes in different food contexts, both in large multinational and small enterprises as well as in agricultural cooperatives.
The curriculum develops a comprehensive view regarding education and apart from offering knowledge on the field, it places emphasis on the development of students' communicative, cognitive and interpersonal characteristics and skills. Extra prominence is given to leadership, strategy, creativity and change that helps inform contemporary debates about how to effectively manage limited resources with maximum impact.

The MBA in Food Business Management enables students to come into contact with the context of food enterprises by a variety of means including a) study of case studies, b) visits to plants of production, an c) teaching materials making use of business games, which have been developed on the basis of actual characteristics of the Greek economy and of the food industry.

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Food Business Management Systems:

The agricultural and food business management major is offered jointly by the College of Food, Agricultural and Natural Resource Sciences and the Carlson School of Management. The curriculum emphasizes concepts and methods from economics and business management and their use in identifying, analyzing, and solving management problems related to food, agriculture, natural resources, and economic development. The program provides a balance between applied economics and business management studies, with a limited amount of applied science. Students may elect a variety of courses or minors in their junior and senior years to accommodate special interests and career goals. Graduates of the curriculum are prepared for a wide range of employment opportunities in the food system and other agribusinesses. Examples of employment areas include finance and banking, management, input, commodity and food marketing, sales, administration, public and industrial relations, production management, economic and statistical analysis, managerial accounting, management information systems, and supply chain management. Students completing the program may also pursue graduate studies in preparation for research, teaching, or continuing education positions in academic institutions, government agencies, or industry. Students completing the agricultural food and business management major are not eligible to add a second major in applied economics due to course overlap.

Recalls, audits, mock audits

A fresh food traceability system must allow easy, and rapid recalls of raw food materials, packaging materials, and part/finished food products. The following list is the minimum recall and instant audit ability that should be achieved (this data should be available to the user within 10 seconds or less to demonstrate it is unadulterated):

  • Trace batch input materials and recall through supply chain to customer
  • Individual fruit/vegetable piece (based on piece label)
  • Packed finish product recall
  • Pallet recall
  • Invoice recall
  • Purchase Order (for source or batch input goods) recall
  • Suppliers Reference recall
  • Supplier Company recall
  • Manufacturer recall
  • Farming block/area recall (Requires FarmSoft Farm solution)
  • Location recall, based on storage location and date/date range

Note that all food recalls should also instantly provide associated quality control test results for easy reference.

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