Special Issue "Determinants and Methods of Quality Management in Agriculture and Food Processing"

A special issue of Commodities (ISSN 2813-2432).

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 31 December 2023 | Viewed by 1141

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Department Technology of Plant Production and Commodities Science, University of Life Sciences in Lublin, 20-950 Lublin, Poland
Interests: application of effective microorganisms; food safety; innovative technologies; innovative raw materials for processing; modeling; renewable energy; ultrasonic testing
* Prof. Dr. Hab.
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Dr. Barbara Krochmal-Marczak *
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Department of Food Production and Safety, Carpathian State College in Krosno, Dmochowskiego 12 Str., 38-400 Krosno, Poland
Interests: agricultural sciences in agriculture and horticulture; the assessment of the impact of climatic and soil factors on the quality of raw materials and plant products
* Dr. Hab., Prof. CSC
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Department of Potato Agronomy, Plant Breeding And Acclimatization Institute–National Research Institute, Branch in Jadwisin, Serock, 05-140 Błonie, Poland
Interests: agronomy; food safety; food security; commodity science of plant raw materials; quality of plant raw materials
Department of Plant Production Technology and Commodity Science, University of Life Sciences in Lublin, Lublin, Poland
Interests: agronomy; agrotourism; food safety; food security; quality of plant raw materials; commodity science of plant raw materials

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Both the COVID-19 pandemic and the recent war in Ukraine have had a significant impact on the markets of raw materials and food products. In 2020-2021, the pandemic was responsible for record increases in the prices of cereals and cereal products. In 2022, there is an increase in the prices of all raw materials, especially food and energy raw materials. On the other hand, the recent war in Ukraine has severely disrupted the supply of these raw materials and led to historically soaring prices in many commodity markets. In particular, the increase in energy prices over the year was the largest since 1973. Thus, the comprehensive effects of the COVID-19 pandemic and the war in Ukraine have had a profound impact on global commodity markets. The aim of this Special Issue is to provide a collection of high-quality research papers covering a wide range of topics with a fresh look at the quality of goods in an environment of economic and political uncertainty. We welcome original empirical and theoretical contributions to all aspects of quality determinants in commodity and food markets. We also welcome documents related to the situation and problems of agricultural exchanges. Quality plays a key role in commodity science and is the subject of a wide range of topics related to key areas of economic and social life. It is an interdisciplinary research area and is therefore the subject of research across many scientific disciplines. It is expressed in the way the organization is managed and is an important aspect that determines the success of the organization and at the same time constantly evolves. Currently, quality no longer relates to the extent to which a given product or service meets customer requirements, but also relates to management processes.

Quality management is the deliberate performance of the management function in terms of optimizing the use of resources and other factors, as well as process rationalization, and focuses on obtaining high-quality products and their continuous improvement. Therefore, in quality management, the goal should always be to improve the quality of products, aiming to satisfy the expectations and needs of the customer. Quality management is an approach that aims to improve the efficiency and flexibility of an organization in order to meet the requirements, needs and expectations of customers.

Currently, there is an increased interest in quality issues, which results from the development of the market and the desire to increase the competitiveness of enterprises. The continuous scientific and technical developments of the agricultural and processing industries and the need for the constant modification of products, with the aim to increase the efficiency of enterprises, means that more attention is paid to the quality of processes and final products. Striving to improve the quality of production, in turn, puts pressure on the introduction of innovative technologies. This results in an increase in labor productivity, the creation of a culture supporting innovation, modern products, a lower consumption of raw materials, increased pro-ecological effect, better use of the means of production, better satisfaction of the growing needs of customers and an increase in the pace of development of enterprises and the entire economy.

Prof. Dr. Hab. Barbara Sawicka
Dr. Hab. Barbara Krochmal-Marczak, Prof. CSC
Dr. Piotr Barbaś
Dr. Dominika Skiba
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  • quality assurance and management
  • quality optimization
  • methods of quality testing and assessment
  • methods of detecting defects and adulterations
  • quality assessment of final products
  • quality control of goods
  • factors shaping the quality of goods
  • factors lowering the quality of goods
  • strategic management
  • implementation (implementation) of management
  • modern management

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Evaluation of the Quality of Raspberries (Rubus idaeus L.) Grown in Balanced Fertilization Conditions
Commodities 2023, 2(3), 220-245; https://doi.org/10.3390/commodities2030014 - 11 Jul 2023
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(Background) Raspberry (R. idaeus L.) is very popular with consumers around the world for its intense flavor, attractive appearance, and health benefits. In recent years, interest in healthy eating and natural products has increased, and raspberry fits perfectly into these trends, which [...] Read more.
(Background) Raspberry (R. idaeus L.) is very popular with consumers around the world for its intense flavor, attractive appearance, and health benefits. In recent years, interest in healthy eating and natural products has increased, and raspberry fits perfectly into these trends, which translates into its greater importance on the consumer market. (Aim) The aim of this study was the commodity evaluation of raspberry fruits bearing fruit on 2-year-old shoots, cultivated under conditions of varied nitrogen fertilization against the background of constant phosphorus-potassium fertilization. (Methodology) The first-order factors were cultivars (‘Laszka’ and ‘Glen Ample’), and the second-order factor was nitrogen fertilization (0, 50, 100, and 150 kg N ha−1), against the background of constant phosphorus-potassium fertilization (100 kg P2O5 and 120 kg K2O ha−1). The experiment was set up in a dependent split-plot design with three repetitions. (Results) The importance of raspberry on the consumer market was shaped by taste and quality of fruit, health benefits, naturalness and freshness, universality of use, availability, and nutritional trends. (Conclusions) The tested cultivars were characterized by similar production and quality capabilities. Fertilization of the tested cultivars with a dose of 135 kg N·ha−1 turned out to be justified in terms of yield. Increasing nitrogen doses resulted in a significant increase in fresh fruit yield and fruit weight. Different doses of nitrogen increased fruit resistance to mechanical damage, firmness, and quality indices. Full article
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