Quality Management of Sugarcane focused on Efficient Bioelectricity, Ethanol and Sugar Production
The main objective of this work is to present a proposal to manage sugarcane requirements in sugarcane growers’ relations with their suppliers and customers, focusing on meeting the requirements of the product in order to produce ethanol efficiently as alternative energy source. To meet this objective, an empirical research of multiple cases was performed in the main agents of the sugarcane production chain in order to investigate the use of practices of the elements of supply chain quality management theory related to relationship with suppliers and clients. The field study showed that, in most cases, the relationship of both upstream and downstream growers is not of partnership, where there is a lack of actions that promote compliance with sugarcane quality requirements, such as actions to preserve product quality and incentives that promote quality as quality audits. The proposal is limited to a model that meets the requirements of sugarcane focusing on supplier-client integration. The proposal presents solutions to the existing gaps in sugarcane growers’ relations with their suppliers and customers. This can corroborate towards the attendance and improvement of sugarcane quality, resulting in more efficiency in the production of the sugar, ethanol and electricity by milling plants.
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