Course overview

The Sustainable Supply Systems: Manufacturing to Retail course addresses the sustainability issues associated with manufacturing and retail across a range of food and drink sectors, continuing the analysis of the supply system begun in Sustainable Supply Systems - Production to Processing (though both courses can be taken individually). Through three consecutive days of campus workshops hosted by the University of Reading and featuring speakers from across academia and industry, you will be introduced to a range of topics such as farming production methods, environmental protection, and how current research informs sustainable practices.

After completing the course, you will have an excellent understanding of sustainability issues facing manufacturers, retailers, and other areas such as food service. You will be able to evaluate current and future technologies from a sustainability perspective and have the capacity to implement these ideas in your own business. This course would be particularly useful to those engaged in any area involved in this aspect of the food supply chain, as well as to professionals looking to expand their understanding of sustainability across the agrifood sector.

Contact Name for Enquiries: Cathy Crips and Craig Farrell

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Telephone Number: 0118 378 8722 or 0118 378 7746

Learning outcomes

On completion of the course participants should be able to:

  • Discuss the issues facing sustainable manufacturing and processing of a variety of commodities
  • Critically appraise different types of food supply chains in the context of sustainability
  • Evaluate new technological and methodological approaches to processing of commodities
  • Understand the decisions made by retailers in managing their supply chains
  • Discuss the potential for implementing more sustainable practices during food supply
Topics covered in this course
  • Supply chain sustainability frameworks
  • Sustainable manufacturing
  • Sustainability in retail
  • New technological and methodological approaches to sustainability
  • Implementing more sustainable practices in the food supply chain
Course structure

The workshop is divided into three days, each with a distinctive theme: supply chain sustainability framework, sustainable manufacturing and sustainability in retail. Participants will hear from experts in each field and topics will cover sustainability principles and practices from a range of company types within the food and drink sector, different farming production methods, environmental protection, new developments in farming that address sustainability, and how current research is informing sustainable practice. Talks are accompanied by debates and interactive activities.

This course will be delivered via a 3-day intensive on-campus workshop that will include 20 hours of academic-led seminars and group discussions supported by expert outside speakers and 10 hours of independent learning and group work.



Key facts

Course Dates
3 Days campus workshops
Entry Requirements
Graduate level or relevant experience
Fee info
Discounts available on multiple bookings
CQFW Level
Course Provider
University Of Reading
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Course Arrangements
Full joining instructions will be confirmed by the course provider.
Course Location
University of Reading
AFTP Cohort
Course Logistics
It is recommended that participants complete the online What is Sustainability course, or have previous experience or knowledge of key sustainability issues before completing this course. Delivered via three days of intensive campus workshops consisting of seminars, presentations and site visits. The course is awarded 5 academic credits where participants successfully complete the formative assessment requirements of the course.
My AFTP training course has given me greater confidence day-to-day and more insight into the impact of new techniques and technologies.
Andy Russell - Fresh Produce Technologist, Bakkavor

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