Saskatchewan Agri-Food Value Chain Initiative

A value chain is a business model based on collaboration. An agri-food value chain is a partnership between producers, processors and marketers created to improve quality, increase efficiencies and develop and market differentiated products to make all partners more profitable. A value chain occurs when companies need to collaborate to improve quality, increase systems efficiencies, or develop differentiated products to achieve a more rewarding position in the marketplace.

A value chain allows members to be more competitive and react quickly to the ever changing demands in today’s retail grocery and foodservice industries. The process includes seeking market opportunities and linking production and processing requirements to capture value-added and new market opportunities.

The value chain, not the individual company, is the unit of competition. Three key attributes of value chains include:

  1. Strategy: Focus on creating value for your customer and consumer through product and process innovations and developing differentiated products.
  2. Capabilities: Chain partners assemble existing and new skills and capacities to deliver enhanced value.
  3. Relationships: Strategic relationships are formed between partners who link capabilities and become an integral asset that can’t be bought or sold.

These combined attributes result in a strengthened competitive advantage that is unique and benefits all value chain partners.

The goal of a value chain is increased profits for value chain partners, as they capitalize on market opportunities and deliver quality products that consumers demand, moving from a price-sensitive, commodity production business model to a value driven model.

A Value Chain can help your business by:

  • Increasing efficiencies
  • Delivering consistent supply
  • Increasing food traceability
  • Improving knowledge and information sharing
  • Reducing costs
  • Providing market differentiation
  • Improving capabilities and capacities
  • Reducing and spreading risks

The Saskatchewan Grocery Retail and Foodservice Value Chain Initiative was designed by Agriculture Council of Saskatchewan Inc. (ACS) with the vision of encouraging and assisting Saskatchewan’s agri-food industry to become more competitive and provide solutions for today’s consumer, providing value added products within value chain development. The program identified key areas to assist in the growth of Saskatchewan’s agri-food industry:

For further information on the above information, please contact:

Bryan Kosteroski
Value Chain Specialist
Agriculture Council of Saskatchewan Inc.
2335 Schulyer Street
Saskatoon, SK S7M 5V1
Office Phone: 306-975-6851
Email: kosteroskib@agcouncil.ca

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