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Beating the economies of scale through local food

Dvortsin, Leo (2013) Beating the economies of scale through local food. In: Conference proceedings.

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Often local and organic food producers and their supply chains face two main challenges: high logistical costs and complex distribution, and estab-lishing lasting relations with the consumers. Conven-tional supply chains drive the costs down through benefits of economies of scale and have therefore a competitive advantage over the small initiatives. At the same time the conventional supermarket chains are part of a bigger food system and cannot efficiently meet changing consumer demands. This creates a window of opportunity for the local and organic food enterprises such as the Dutch Willem&Drees case study shows. In order to seize this opportunity new ways of cooperation and communications are needed. This means creation of short food supply chains that are based on inclusive social values, which allow mainstreaming of these initiatives in the conventional food system.


EPrint Type:Conference paper, poster, etc.
Type of presentation:Paper
Keywords:Healthy Growth, innovation, short food supply chain, local food.
Agrovoc keywords:
LanguageValueURI
EnglishUNSPECIFIEDUNSPECIFIED
Subjects: Food systems > Markets and trade
Food systems > Community development > Networks and ownership
Values, standards and certification > Consumer issues
Food systems > Produce chain management
"Organics" in general > Countries and regions > Netherlands
Research affiliation: International Conferences > 2013: ESRS Congress
FP7 Grant Agreement Number:264719
Related Links:http://orgprints.org/24840/7/24840.pdf
Deposited By: Dvortsin, Leo
ID Code:27994
Deposited On:23 Nov 2015 11:59
Last Modified:23 Nov 2015 11:59
Document Language:English
Status:Published
Refereed:Not peer-reviewed

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