UTIA Professors Provide Leadership for Journal of Food Distribution Research

Muhammad and Velandia Comprise Editorial Team​


Velandia and Muhammand, faculty with the UTIA Department of Agricultural and Resource Economics
Margarita Velandia and Andrew Muhammad, researchers at the University of Tennessee Institute of Agriculture, will serve as the 2019-2021 editorial team for the Journal of Food Distribution Research. Photo by T. Johnson, courtesy UTIA. Download image.
KNOXVILLE, Tenn. — Two faculty members from the University of Tennessee Institute of Agriculture have been selected as the 2019-2021 editorial team for the Journal of Food Distribution Research.

Andrew Muhammad and Margarita Velandia, both with the Department of Agricultural and Resource Economics, were tapped for their considerable experience and vision for the journal. Both share an editorial philosophy that the journal should serve as a primary outlet for business-focused research, a source of quality applied economic, agribusiness and food industry research.

“The Journal of Food Distribution Research is a well-established journal with an applied, problem-oriented focus and a particular emphasis on the analysis of the flow of products and services through the food wholesale and retail distribution systems,” said Muhammad. “Given the long history of the journal and the Food Distribution Research Society, we are excited about this opportunity and look forward to working with the Society in maintaining recent progress and moving the journal forward, particularly developing strategies that can increase the visibility of the journal and the number of submissions to the journal.”

The newly appointed team proposed plans that include dedicating segments to invited papers focused on relevant and current issues specific to key food and agribusiness sectors. Additional plans include strengthening the journal’s reputation as a platform for publishing executive reports and case studies; establishing an editorial advisory council to include academic, government and industry representation; developing special issues focused on timely topics; and more.

Published manuscripts may include supply and demand analysis, industry structure and firm performance, price determination, analysis of trade and global markets, marketing, finance, and the role of public policy among other topics.

Muhammad and Velandia will review submitted research manuscripts to determine suitability for inclusion in the refereed journal.

The journal, established in 1969, is under the auspice of the Food Distribution Research Society — the only collection of scholars and practitioners in the United States dedicated to the study, monitoring and sharing of knowledge related to the global food system.

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Contact: Tina M. Johnson, Agricultural and Resource Economics, 865-974-7418, tjohnson@utk.edu