Module: Beverages and the supply chain

Module details

  • Module code

  • Module leader

    John Dooley
  • Module Level

  • Module credits

  • Min study time

    150 hours
  • Contact hrs

    20 hours
  • Teaching Period

    Semester 1

Module content

This module presents the key concepts of the global and UK beverage supply chains for analysis. The major issues involved in beverage production and distribution are explored. The module critically evaluates the supply chains for caffeinated drinks, soft drinks, alcoholic drinks and functional drinks. It will also examine the health implications and corporate social responsibility involved in the production and consumption of beverages.

Module outcomes

To achieve credit for this module, students must be able to:

  1. Discuss global and UK supply chains in a variety of beverage types.
  2. Evaluate current trends in beverage consumption and associated health implications.
  3. Examine and discuss the current global and UK supply chains with respect to primary production, transport, quality control, sustainability, marketing and consumption.


Assessment Description Weighting
Coursework 1 1 x case study of a supply chain 60%
Coursework 2 1 x oral presentation related to chosen case study 40%

Key texts

Students should be familiar with the content of the following:

  • Institute of Food Science and Technology, 2013, Food & drink - good manufacturing practice: a guide to its responsible management, 6th edition, Wiley-Blackwell
  • Lustig, R.H., 2013, Fat chance: the bitter truth about sugar, Fourth Estate
  • Thurston, R.W., et al., 2013, Coffee: A Comprehensive Guide to the Bean, the Beverage, and the Industry, Rowman & Littlefield Publishers
  • Willson, K., 1999, Coffee: cocoa and tea, CAB International


  • Supply Chain Management: An International Journal
  • Journal of Functional Foods
  • Annual Review of Nutrition