The Compostable Coffee Pod: Is PürPod100tm the Best Thing Since Sliced Bread? A Case Study on Club Coffee

Sylvain Charlebois, Paul Uys

Abstract


With consumer consciousness growing in the area of sustainable food supply, food
distribution is looking for methods to embrace, adapt and improve its environmental
performance, while still remaining economically competitive. Until recent innovative
solutions were developed, coffee pods have been considered as an ecologically unsound
approach to single-serve beverages. Some have argued that reverse logistics (recycling) is a
better option than green supply chain management (composting). With a particular focus on
coffee pods a case study on Club Coffee, which focuses on green supply chain management,
is presented for the design of a capacitated distribution network for a two-layer supply chain
involved in the distribution of coffee pods in Canada. Our investigation shows that Club
Coffee’s relationship is not only critical to fostering the green supply chain ideology, but it is
also unique in the business. Findings are presented and limitations and future research are
proposed.


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DOI: https://doi.org/10.5296/rae.v8i3.10071

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