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The characterisation of the Danish e-business - Aarstiderne as an alternative food network: A case study

Poirier, Caroline; Heller, Elizabeth Louise; Di Martino, Enrico and Alix, Sébastien (2006) The characterisation of the Danish e-business - Aarstiderne as an alternative food network: A case study. Thesis, The Royal Veterinary and Agricultural University (KVL) of Copenhagen. University of Copenhagen.

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Summary

The object of this case study is Aarstiderne, a Danish organic food company delivering 30,000 boxes per week. The study aims to characterise this company within the context of alternative food chains, using specific environmental, economic and social criteria. During the course of the study, 19 interviews were conducted with company members, clients, suppliers, and researchers. In addition, a life cycle analysis and a price comparison for two box types were conducted. The results of the study focus on the environmental, economic, and social impacts of the company on its stakeholders throughout the food network. These results indicate how the company can be characterised in relation to other alternative food chains, with specific attention paid to how this food chain addresses some limitations of supermarket and Community Supported Agriculture food distribution models. Lastly, a comparison of the company’s own ideals to its practices is made and some suggestions for improved coherence between ideals, practices and impacts on sustainability are put forth.


EPrint Type:Thesis
Keywords:Denmark, retail, food network, supply chain, direct sales, marketing, life cycle analysis, qualitative, sustainability, community supported agriculture, supermarket, box scheme
Subjects: Food systems > Markets and trade
Values, standards and certification > Consumer issues
Food systems
Food systems > Produce chain management
Research affiliation: Denmark > KU-LIFE - Faculty of Life Sciences
Deposited By: Lowman, Mr Steve
ID Code:18187
Deposited On:04 Jan 2011 11:54
Last Modified:04 Jan 2011 11:54
Document Language:English
Status:Published
Refereed:Not peer-reviewed
Additional Publishing Information:Published only online at the course website of 'Organic Food Systems' at The Faculty of Life Sciences at Copenhagen University, formerly The Royal Veterinary and Agricultural University (KVL). Course website 'Project Work' page: http://www.kursusinfo.life.ku.dk/Kurser/250069/presentation/activities.aspx

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