IDEAS home Printed from https://ideas.repec.org/a/iag/reviea/v13y2016i1p35-57.html
   My bibliography  Save this article

Merchandizing Agri-Food Products By Means Of Short Food Supply Chains In Mureş County

Author

Listed:
  • Lucian TĂNASĂ

    () (“Gheorghe Zane” Institute for Economic and Social Research)

  • Sebastian DOBOŞ

    () (“Gheorghe Zane” Institute for Economic and Social Research)

  • Ioan-Sebastian BRUMĂ

    () (“Gheorghe Zane” Institute for Economic and Social Research)

Abstract

Short food supply chains (SFSCs) are a viable alternative to conventional food supply chains, accessible to small-scale farmers. SFSCs hold multiple benefits from the socio-economic, cultural, environmental and health improvement points of view, meeting the farmers’ need to reconnect to end-consumers. Firstly, SFSCs contribute to some extent to helping small-scale farmers and processors to sell their agri-food products. Secondly, SFSCs mostly meet the urban population’s need to consume minimally processed, healthier and cheaper food. Located in central Romania, Mureș County, as a result of its soil, topographic and weather conditions, is well known for its wide array of agri-food products, ranging from cereals, industrial crops and medicinal plants to processed food products (bakery and pastry products, frozen/canned fruit and vegetables, sugar, beer, dairy and meat products). Due to its multicultural population, it can be noted that entrepreneurial activity is quite intense and widespread in Mureş County. According to the available statistical data for 2015 from the Harghita Sanitary Veterinary and Food Safety Agency, there were 2,000 registered animal and non-animal processing units, located mainly at the outskirts of the towns Târgu-Mureş, Reghin, Luduş, Târnăveni and Sighişoara. The paper highlights the role and economic activity of small-scale farmers, most of whom still use traditional processing, supplying and selling methods and techniques, specific to SFSCs: sales directly to consumers, on-farm sales, sales on farmers’ markets, roadside sales, sales near tourism sites, sales occasioned by food festivals, their own retail outlets, butcher shops, meat processors, bakeries, groceries, milk vending machines, exhibition stands, mobile food carts and on-line shops.

Suggested Citation

  • Lucian TĂNASĂ & Sebastian DOBOŞ & Ioan-Sebastian BRUMĂ, 2016. "Merchandizing Agri-Food Products By Means Of Short Food Supply Chains In Mureş County," Agricultural Economics and Rural Development, Institute of Agricultural Economics, vol. 13(1), pages 35-57.
  • Handle: RePEc:iag:reviea:v:13:y:2016:i:1:p:35-57
    as

    Download full text from publisher

    File URL: ftp://www.ipe.ro/RePEc/iag/iag_pdf/AERD1601_35-57.pdf
    Download Restriction: no
    ---><---

    References listed on IDEAS

    as
    1. Moya Kneafsey & Laura Venn & Ulrich Schmutz & Balász Bálint & Liz Trenchard & Trish Eyden-Woods & Elizabeth Bos & Gemma Sutton & Matthew Blackett, 2013. "Short Food Supply Chains and Local Food Systems in the EU. A State of Play of their Socio-Economic Characteristics," JRC Working Papers JRC80420, Joint Research Centre (Seville site).
    Full references (including those not matched with items on IDEAS)

    Most related items

    These are the items that most often cite the same works as this one and are cited by the same works as this one.
    1. Kuhmonen, Tuomas, 2017. "Exposing the attractors of evolving complex adaptive systems by utilising futures images: Milestones of the food sustainability journey," Technological Forecasting and Social Change, Elsevier, vol. 114(C), pages 214-225.
    2. Joseph, Sarah & Peters, Irene & Friedrich, Hanno, 2019. "Can Regional Organic Agriculture Feed the Regional Community? A Case Study for Hamburg and North Germany," Ecological Economics, Elsevier, vol. 164(C), pages 1-1.
    3. Aubert, Magali & Enjolras, Geoffroy, 2016. "Which stability for marketing channels? The case of short food supply chains in French agriculture," 149th Seminar, October 27-28, 2016, Rennes, France 244895, European Association of Agricultural Economists.
    4. Zsófia Benedek & Imre Fertő & Viktória Szente, 2020. "The Multiplier Effects of Food Relocalization: A Systematic Review," Sustainability, MDPI, Open Access Journal, vol. 12(9), pages 1-18, April.
    5. Yaprak Kurtsal & Davide Viaggi, 2020. "Exploring Collaboration and Consumer Behavior in Food Community Networks and Constraints Preventing Active Participation: The Case of Turkey," Sustainability, MDPI, Open Access Journal, vol. 12(8), pages 1-24, April.
    6. Edward Majewski & Anna Komerska & Jerzy Kwiatkowski & Agata Malak-Rawlikowska & Adam Wąs & Piotr Sulewski & Marlena Gołaś & Kinga Pogodzińska & Jean-Loup Lecoeur & Barbara Tocco & Áron Török & Michele, 2020. "Are Short Food Supply Chains More Environmentally Sustainable than Long Chains? A Life Cycle Assessment (LCA) of the Eco-Efficiency of Food Chains in Selected EU Countries," Energies, MDPI, Open Access Journal, vol. 13(18), pages 1-26, September.
    7. Alexandra Doernberg & Ingo Zasada & Katarzyna Bruszewska & Björn Skoczowski & Annette Piorr, 2016. "Potentials and Limitations of Regional Organic Food Supply: A Qualitative Analysis of Two Food Chain Types in the Berlin Metropolitan Region," Sustainability, MDPI, Open Access Journal, vol. 8(11), pages 1-20, November.
    8. George Van Voorn & Geerten Hengeveld & Jan Verhagen, 2020. "An agent based model representation to assess resilience and efficiency of food supply chains," PLOS ONE, Public Library of Science, vol. 15(11), pages 1-27, November.
    9. Magali Aubert & Geoffroy Enjolras, 2017. "Which Incentives for Direct Selling?," Post-Print hal-01685408, HAL.
    10. Athanasios Ragkos & Alexandros Theodoridis & Georgios Arsenos, 2019. "Alternative Approaches of Summer Milk Sales from Transhumant Sheep and Goat Farms: A Case Study from Northern Greece," Sustainability, MDPI, Open Access Journal, vol. 11(20), pages 1-21, October.
    11. Simon Berner & Hartmut Derler & René Rehorska & Stephan Pabst & Ulrike Seebacher, 2019. "Roadmapping to Enhance Local Food Supply: Case Study of a City-Region in Austria," Sustainability, MDPI, Open Access Journal, vol. 11(14), pages 1-16, July.
    12. Nunes, L.J.R. & Causer, T.P. & Ciolkosz, D., 2020. "Biomass for energy: A review on supply chain management models," Renewable and Sustainable Energy Reviews, Elsevier, vol. 120(C).
    13. De Schutter, Olivier & Jacobs, Nick & Clément, Chantal, 2020. "A ‘Common Food Policy’ for Europe: How governance reforms can spark a shift to healthy diets and sustainable food systems," Food Policy, Elsevier, vol. 96(C).
    14. Diane Smith & Weiwei Wang & Lisa Chase & Hans Estrin & Julia Van Soelen Kim, 2019. "Perspectives from the Field: Adaptions in CSA Models in Response to Changing Times in the U.S," Sustainability, MDPI, Open Access Journal, vol. 11(11), pages 1-15, June.
    15. Geoffroy Enjolras & Magali Aubert, 2017. "Which incentives for direct selling? An analysis of French farms," Post-Print hal-02738067, HAL.
    16. Zsófia Benedek & Bálint Balázs, 2016. "Current status and future prospect of local food production in Hungary: a spatial analysis," European Planning Studies, Taylor & Francis Journals, vol. 24(3), pages 607-624, March.
    17. Daniela Ribeiro & Matija Zorn, 2021. "Sustainability and Slovenian Karst Landscapes: Evaluation of a Low Karst Plain," Sustainability, MDPI, Open Access Journal, vol. 13(4), pages 1-22, February.
    18. Luigi Mastronardi & Davide Marino & Vincenzo Giaccio & Agostino Giannelli & Margherita Palmieri & Giampiero Mazzocchi, 2019. "Analyzing Alternative Food Networks sustainability in Italy: a proposal for an assessment framework," Agricultural and Food Economics, Springer;Italian Society of Agricultural Economics (SIDEA), vol. 7(1), pages 1-19, December.
    19. Konrád Kiss & Csaba Ruszkai & Antónia Szűcs & Gábor Koncz, 2020. "Examining the Role of Local Products in Rural Development in the Light of Consumer Preferences—Results of a Consumer Survey from Hungary," Sustainability, MDPI, Open Access Journal, vol. 12(13), pages 1-24, July.
    20. Susanne Kummer & Rebecka Milestad, 2020. "The Diversity of Organic Box Schemes in Europe—An Exploratory Study in Four Countries," Sustainability, MDPI, Open Access Journal, vol. 12(7), pages 1-24, March.

    More about this item

    Keywords

    short food supply chains; agri-food products; Mureş County.;
    All these keywords.

    JEL classification:

    • Q13 - Agricultural and Natural Resource Economics; Environmental and Ecological Economics - - Agriculture - - - Agricultural Markets and Marketing; Cooperatives; Agribusiness
    • Q11 - Agricultural and Natural Resource Economics; Environmental and Ecological Economics - - Agriculture - - - Aggregate Supply and Demand Analysis; Prices
    • O13 - Economic Development, Innovation, Technological Change, and Growth - - Economic Development - - - Agriculture; Natural Resources; Environment; Other Primary Products
    • M31 - Business Administration and Business Economics; Marketing; Accounting; Personnel Economics - - Marketing and Advertising - - - Marketing

    Statistics

    Access and download statistics

    Corrections

    All material on this site has been provided by the respective publishers and authors. You can help correct errors and omissions. When requesting a correction, please mention this item's handle: RePEc:iag:reviea:v:13:y:2016:i:1:p:35-57. See general information about how to correct material in RePEc.

    For technical questions regarding this item, or to correct its authors, title, abstract, bibliographic or download information, contact: (Corina Saman). General contact details of provider: https://edirc.repec.org/data/iaacaro.html .

    If you have authored this item and are not yet registered with RePEc, we encourage you to do it here. This allows to link your profile to this item. It also allows you to accept potential citations to this item that we are uncertain about.

    If CitEc recognized a reference but did not link an item in RePEc to it, you can help with this form .

    If you know of missing items citing this one, you can help us creating those links by adding the relevant references in the same way as above, for each refering item. If you are a registered author of this item, you may also want to check the "citations" tab in your RePEc Author Service profile, as there may be some citations waiting for confirmation.

    Please note that corrections may take a couple of weeks to filter through the various RePEc services.

    IDEAS is a RePEc service hosted by the Research Division of the Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis . RePEc uses bibliographic data supplied by the respective publishers.