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Consistency and Quality, Some Lessons from Saskatchewan's Beef Supply Chain By Alvin Ulrich and Derek
Brewin, University of Saskatchewan, Department of Agricultural Economics, January 1999.

Value Chain Management Center

Leopold Center

Best Practices Guidebook: Food Hub Grower Manual helps growers meet pre and post-harvest standards required by food hubs and grower cooperatives, local food service establishments and other direct market customers.

Best Practices Guidebook: Food Hub Vendor Manual is designed to help vendors meet the standards required by food hubs and others. Both resources have examples and links to fillable forms that can be used by food hubs and their suppliers.


Value Chain Tools and Resources
  • Alberta Agriculture and Rural Development launched 3 value chain videos to provide tools to learn about ‘What is a value chain?’
The first video explains the concept of value chain development and the resources available to industry. The other videos are a two part industry insight into customer focused collaboration featuring value chain stories from Alberta.
Value Chain Website:
Customer Focused Collaboration Part One
Customer Focused Collaboration Part Two Two tools are now available to assist in how to identify and implement a pricing scheme that works best for your value chain:

Business Assessment and Action Tool (BAAT)
The BAAT tool is available to the Agriculture and Food Processing Sector. This tool is designed to evaluate operational performance as it relates to industry best practices and the results of the assessment help you to identify the largest opportunities for growth, efficiency gains and risk reduction and prioritize actions with an action plan to move toward desired outcomes. More details are in the attached PDF information document. Agri-food Value Chains – from concept to a powerful, practical business strategy (CD Rom)
This CD builds on the Global Links Value Chain conference success. This CD provides a focus on retail and food service driven value chains and captures the knowledge and experience from international speakers. It is set up in chapters that provide you with text, video and resource links. We hope this information will challenge your thinking and development of value chain strategies in Alberta.

Alberta residents can order a copy of this free CD Rom at no charge for individual use.

To receive a free copy of the Agri-food Value Chains – from concept to a powerful, practical business strategy, while supplies last email valuechain@gov.ab.ca to request your copy. Shipping and handling charges may apply.

Agri-Food Value Chains – a practical guide to building customer focused alliances (CD Rom)
This CD was the first CD Rom produced to showcase the experience and knowledge that exists within the agriculture and food industry and to provide an introduction to practical ideas for developing a value chain. This CD’s video clips are used as one of the resources that accompany the Value Chain Guidebook.

Alberta residents can order a copy of this free CD Rom at no charge for individual use.

To receive a free copy of the Agri-food Value Chains – from concept to a powerful, practical business strategy, while supplies last email valuechain@gov.ab.ca to request your copy. Shipping and handling charges may apply.

Value Chain Guidebook, a process for value chain development
The Value Chain Guidebook (1780KB) provides a process for the development of value chains. The value chain development process is broken into three stages; each stage includes worksheets, success factors and tips for facilitators. Each business situation is unique, so you may find that you move through the stages in different orders, or that you modify the approach to suit your own situation.

The Guidebook will be useful for: businesses who are looking for new ways to create customer value, for businesses considering a value chain approach and for facilitators who are working with developing value chain partners.

The contents of this Guidebook include an introduction to value chains; descriptions of the three stages - Stage 1. Identifying the Opportunity, Stage 2. Developing a pilot project plan and Stage 3. Monitoring and evaluating the pilot project; facilitator resources; worksheets; a resource section; frequently asked questions; and an evaluation. The worksheets should help you keep track of your progress, address problems and work to develop your value chain further.

Alberta residents can order hard copies of this free publication at no charge for individual use.

To receive a free copy of the value chain guidebook, while supplies last email valuechain@gov.ab.ca to request your copy. Shipping and handling charges may apply.

Sustainable Strategic Planning Webinar Resource

To assist Alberta’s agriculture and food companies with understanding sustainability as it applies to food processing and the significant value sustainability brings to the processing organization for driving revenue, cutting costs and mitigating risk, Alberta Agriculture and Forestry made available a three-part webinar series.

Follow along as renowned sustainability expert, Brett Wills, President of Green Enterprise Movement Inc., takes you from the base of understanding of what sustainable strategic planning brings to a processing organization through the journey describing a proven system for developing a strategic plan that is sustainable to the conclusion on how to effectively execute the strategic plan.

Tapings of these webinars are now available on Alberta Agriculture and Forestry’s webinar page as a resource to the agriculture and food processing industry.

The three webinar resources include:

  • Understanding Sustainability for Agri-Processors
  • Sustainable Strategy Development
  • Sustainable Strategy Execution
To review these webinar tapings go to Alberta Agriculture and Forestry’s Webinar home page at http://www1.agric.gov.ab.ca/$department/deptdocs.nsf/all/webdoc15142 and check past webinars for business planning.

Sustainable Procurement in the Food Industry: an introduction (Agdex 821-69). This fact sheet for agriculture and food processors can be ordered in hard copy at no charge for individual use by using the on-line order form or calling 780-427-0391 or faxing 780-422-8835. On-line you can locate and download the fact sheet at Sustainable Procurement in the Agri-business section.

Best Practices Guidebook: Food Hub Grower Manual helps growers meet pre and post-harvest standards required by food hubs and grower cooperatives, local food service establishments and other direct market customers.

Best Practices Guidebook: Food Hub Vendor Manual is designed to help vendors meet the standards required by food hubs and others. Both resources have examples and links to fillable forms that can be used by food hubs and their suppliers.

Livestock Resources - Value Chain Case Studies (International)

Beef Traceability and Meat Standards Australia Case Study

Value Chain Management International (VCMI) has released a case study on Australia’s National Livestock Information System (NLIS).

In early 2014, in conjunction with Beef Farmers of Ontario (BFO), VCMI facilitated a visit to Australia to learn about this highly progressive system. The purpose of the visit was to provide senior industry representatives with the opportunity to view firsthand the challenges and drivers that led to the development of NLIS, how the system is sustained and governed, and how innovative business leaders are utilizing NLIS to improve the production and marketing of beef.

The full case study can be viewed at http://vcm-international.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/08/Australias-Traceability-System-Case-Study-August-2014.pdf


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Testimonials

“The information in the Agri-Food Value Chains, from concept to a practical, powerful business strategy CD will be useful to anyone interested in building a value chain. It is a tool to get your value chain started.” Nancy Romanow Cranston.

“The program developed in our value chain will be a tremendous boost to the competitiveness of our local food industry.” Retailer

“We now have the confidence to try new products and approaches to get us out of the commodity rut.” Producer

“A complex mix of capabilities are deeply embedded in the value chain strategy, which underpins the value creation for the customer and leads to advantages for the businesses involved in the chain.” Fresh Food Consultant

Education/Training

Target
The agriculture and food industry, and companies considering value chain approaches and those evolving their current strategy.

Purpose

  • Deliver information on the relevance and importance of collaboration, alliance, value chain or other strategies relative to the growth of Alberta’s agriculture and food industry.
  • Demonstrate new knowledge and best practices to advance these chains and the overall industry.
  • Provide training addressing industry opportunities, issues, and challenges on forming, developing and managing collaborations, alliances or value chains.

“I found the Strategic Leadership workshop highly engaging and very informative. Brynn Winegard shared research insights into successful food processing companies across Canada, presenting a comprehensive business model that Kitchen Partners has utilized. The model helped us bring our company’s purpose to life with our customers and to better differentiate ourselves in the marketplace. It was a very useful and inspiring day.” Jeff Clark, President, Kitchen Partners

The Preparing Business for Change workshop provided the benefit of understanding how to manage change more effectively within our company and how to stay ahead of the curve”

Workshop Participant

Watch for future educational programs on Alberta Agriculture and Forestry’s coming events.

Contact:
Margurite Thiessen, PHEc
Alberta Agriculture and Forestry
Phone: 780-968-3513
Fax : 780-963-4709
Email: margurite.thiessen@gov.ab.ca
 
 
 
 
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This information published to the web on January 14, 2004.
Last Reviewed/Revised on June 6, 2018.