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Mathematical Problems in Engineering
Volume 2017, Article ID 4541914, 9 pages
Research Article

A Multicriteria Decision Model for Supplier Selection in a Food Industry Based on FITradeoff Method

Center for Decision Systems and Information Development (CDSID), Universidade Federal de Pernambuco, Av. Acadêmico Hélio Ramos, s/n, Cidade Universitária, 50740-530 Recife, PE, Brazil

Correspondence should be addressed to Eduarda Asfora Frej; rb.gro.disdc@jerfae

Received 16 May 2017; Revised 9 August 2017; Accepted 6 September 2017; Published 19 October 2017

Academic Editor: Josefa Mula

Copyright © 2017 Eduarda Asfora Frej et al. This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.


This article puts forward a decision model for solving a supplier selection problem in a food industry by considering multiple objectives that influence the decision-making process. In times of increasing competitiveness, companies strive hard to improve their profitability, and selection of supply sources may help if an appropriate decision is made through a well-structured decision-making process. Preference modeling is conducted in a flexible and interactive elicitation manner with the decision-maker (DM), aided by FITradeoff method. Partial information is gathered about the DM’s preferences in such a way that less effort is spent on finding a final solution for the problem.