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Strategic Alliances in the U.S. Beef Supply Chain


  • Mulrony, Brandi R.
  • Chaddad, Fabio Ribas


This study analyzes vertical-coordination practices in the U.S. beef supply chain focusing on strategic alliances. We present results from a survey of beef alliances describing their organizational structure, the nature of participantsÂ’' involvement, contractual requirements, information-sharing practices, services offered to alliance participants, and marketing strategies. Survey results provide a detailed description of 13 beef alliances and are intended to inform potential participants about vertical-coordination alternatives. In addition, the study provides relevant information for future economic research on the formation, organization, and functioning of beef alliances.

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  • Mulrony, Brandi R. & Chaddad, Fabio Ribas, 2005. "Strategic Alliances in the U.S. Beef Supply Chain," Journal of Food Distribution Research, Food Distribution Research Society, vol. 36(03), November.
  • Handle: RePEc:ags:jlofdr:27765

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