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Channel Management and differentiation strategies: A case study from the market for fresh produce

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  • Sodano, Valeria
  • Hingley, Martin
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    The paper analyses the current differentiation strategies in the market for fresh produce. First a short review of the literature on channel structure and product differentiation is presented, in order to identify, on a theoretical grounding the incentives for differentiation strategies. Second, a case study is drawn of a UK channel intermediary organisation carrying out differentiation policies in the fresh produce category (on behalf of UK multiple retailer customers’) supplied by a dedicated Italian grower. Results show that in the fresh produce industry there is room for product differentiation, but with contradictory welfare effects.

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    Paper provided by European Association of Agricultural Economists in its series 105th Seminar, March 8-10, 2007, Bologna, Italy with number 7869.

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    Keywords: fresh produce; product differentiation; channel structure and management; Agribusiness; Marketing;

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    Cited by:
    1. Valeria Sodano, 2008. "Innovation and food system sustainability: public concerns vs. private interests," Department of Economic Policy, Finance and Development (DEPFID) University of Siena 1108, Department of Economic Policy, Finance and Development (DEPFID), University of Siena.
    2. Sodano, Valeria, 2008. "Innovation and Food System Sustainability: Public Concerns vs Private Interests," 110th Seminar, February 18-22, 2008, Innsbruck-Igls, Austria 49891, European Association of Agricultural Economists.

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