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Competing supplies of olive oil in the German market: An application of multinomial logit models


  • Ronald W. Ward

    (Food and Resource Economics, University of Florida, 1125 McCarty Hall, Gainesville, Florida 32611. E-mail:

  • Julian Briz

    (Polytechnic University of Madrid, E.T.S.I. Agrónomos, Ciudad Universitaria, 28040 Madrid, Spain. E-mail:

  • Isabel de Felipe

    (Polytechnic University of Madrid, E.T.S.I. Agrónomos, Ciudad Universitaria, 28040 Madrid, Spain)


Germany consumers are shown to differentiate their use of olive oil by country-of-origin, with Spain, Italy, and Greece being important competing suppliers. Effects of demographics, product characteristics, and information sources impact the probability of buying olive oil by origin. Multinomial logit models are estimated and used to show the gains (or loses), and point to the important role of promotions to Spain's olive oil. The importance of these variables are ranked for each country and Odds Ratios are used to compare the relatives gains among the major suppliers. [EconLit citations: Q130, Q180]. © 2003 Wiley Periodicals, Inc. Agribusiness 19: 393-406, 2003.

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  • Ronald W. Ward & Julian Briz & Isabel de Felipe, 2003. "Competing supplies of olive oil in the German market: An application of multinomial logit models," Agribusiness, John Wiley & Sons, Ltd., vol. 19(3), pages 393-406.
  • Handle: RePEc:wly:agribz:v:19:y:2003:i:3:p:393-406 DOI: 10.1002/agr.10068

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    1. Mtimet, Nadhem & Ujiie, Kiyokazu & Kashiwagi, Kenichi & Zaibet, Lokman & Nagaki, Masakazu, 2011. "The effects of Information and Country of Origin on Japanese Olive Oil Consumer Selection," 2011 International Congress, August 30-September 2, 2011, Zurich, Switzerland 114642, European Association of Agricultural Economists.
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