Digitalisation in a local food system: Emphasis on Finnish Lapland

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The positive adoption of digital technology within the food sector can boost sustainable development in Finnish Lapland. There is a need for the food system in the region to respond to current trends from consumers and ensure a better supply of local foods that are processed efficiently with minimal waste. In this article, a review of the literature on the benefits of digitalisation as a tool amongst food processors was carried out. The opportunities offered by digital technology are expected to make local food business operators more efficient, sustainable and transparent. Digitalisation can help to minimize the environmental impacts of food processing, and ultimately improve sustainability. In meeting the demand of local consumers, distributed and localized manufacturing are likely to make a difference. The adoption of food digitalisation will open up market accessibility for the locally produced food products in local communities. In the future, digitalisation are likely to have major impacts in the local food system of Lapland region.
Original languageEnglish
Article number5
Pages (from-to)496-508
JournalOpen Agriculture
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 14 Sept 2020
MoEC publication typeA1 Journal article-refereed


  • distributed manufacturing, local food, personalized nutrition, sustainability,
  • distributed manufacturing
  • personalised nutrition
  • local food
  • sustainability

Field of science

  • Food science


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