Accession Number : AD0768198

Title :   A Nonlinear Programming Approach to Utility Maximized Menu Plans.

Descriptive Note : Technical rept.,

Corporate Author : MASSACHUSETTS UNIV AMHERST

Personal Author(s) : Balintfy,Joseph L. ; Sinha,Prabhakant

Report Date : AUG 1973

Pagination or Media Count : 38

Abstract : In the paper the mathematical modeling of food preferences by analytical functions is utilized to formulate the objective function of a menu planning problem as a non-linear additively separable concave function. The linearity of the constraints of the problem permits the use of efficient solution techniques in existence. Such a formulation can yield the number of times each menu item is to be offered in the time horizon of the menu plan, while satisfying the most significant conditions pertaining to population preferences, total cost, nutrition, etc. It is suggested that the actual day to day scheduling of the menu items obtained from this non-linear programming approach can be based on the remaining objective of meal planning-compatibility. Thus in the scheduling phase, one can look at the acceptability of combinations of items. Techniques for doing this are still in the exploratory stages. (Author)

Descriptors :   (*NONLINEAR PROGRAMMING, FOOD DISPENSING), (*FOOD DISPENSING, SCHEDULING), DECISION THEORY, OPTIMIZATION

Subject Categories : Food, Food Service and Nutrition
      Operations Research

Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE