The agrifood system has a huge impact on several features concerning sustainability, including food safety and food security policies. In this vein, investigating why and how companies’ business models incorporate these issues, has been gaining momentum within the scientific, political and managerial agenda. Do agrifood companies only implement strategies addressed to product quality and their characteristics of health, hygiene and sanitation or, in a broader sense, do they incorporate aspects relating to environmental and social sustainability? To answer these questions, this chapter introduces a case study relative to an Italian agrifood company (Fileni Group) that is among the leading European chicken farm and meat producers. The Group has embraced a circular economy putting into practice several strategies of eco-innovation through a regeneration production system based on the use of renewable sources, respect for animals, minimising waste, protecting the environment and generating socio-economic benefits to the territory and the local community. The case analysis allows us to point out the sunken reasons for food safety that rest on an ethical-driven business model, rather than on opportunistic reasons.

Why Chicken? Fileni (Italy): Between Taste, Circular Economy and Attention to the Territory

Del Baldo, M.
2022

Abstract

The agrifood system has a huge impact on several features concerning sustainability, including food safety and food security policies. In this vein, investigating why and how companies’ business models incorporate these issues, has been gaining momentum within the scientific, political and managerial agenda. Do agrifood companies only implement strategies addressed to product quality and their characteristics of health, hygiene and sanitation or, in a broader sense, do they incorporate aspects relating to environmental and social sustainability? To answer these questions, this chapter introduces a case study relative to an Italian agrifood company (Fileni Group) that is among the leading European chicken farm and meat producers. The Group has embraced a circular economy putting into practice several strategies of eco-innovation through a regeneration production system based on the use of renewable sources, respect for animals, minimising waste, protecting the environment and generating socio-economic benefits to the territory and the local community. The case analysis allows us to point out the sunken reasons for food safety that rest on an ethical-driven business model, rather than on opportunistic reasons.
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