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The reconfiguration of post-Soviet food industries: Evidence from Ukraine and Moldova


  • Matthew Gorton

    (School of Agriculture, Food and Rural Development, University of Newcastle, UK. E-mail:

  • John White

    (Department of International Business, Plymouth Business School, University of Plymouth, Drake Circus, Plymouth, Devon, PL4 8AA, UK., E-mail:

  • Svetlana Chernyshova

    (Dnepropetrovsk Academy of Management, Business and Law, Dnepropetrovsk, Ukraine. E-mail:

  • Alexander Skripnik

    (Dnepropetrovsk Academy of Management, Business and Law, Dnepropetrovsk, Ukraine. E-mail:

  • Tatiana Vinichenko

    (Dnepropetrovsk Academy of Management, Business and Law, Dnepropetrovsk, Ukraine. E-mail:

  • Mikhail Dumitrasco

    (Institute of Management and Rural Development, Chisinãu, Moldova., E-mail:

  • Galina Soltan

    (Institute of Management and Rural Development, Chisinãu, Moldova., E-mail:


The 1990s witnessed widespread changes in the nature of food supply chain actors, government policies, and markets in the successor states of the Soviet Union. These changes have resulted in a more differentiated set of actors, but there is relatively little empirical knowledge on the reconfiguration of food processors and their relationships with agricultural processors. This article attempts to deal with this gap by researching structures and procurement relationships in the Ukraine and Moldova. Enterprise level survey data on the food-processing sector in Moldova and the Ukraine reveals a diverse set of actors. Cluster analysis is employed to better characterize these different groups of processors. A three-cluster solution is adopted, and the main characteristics, supply patterns, and dynamics of each cluster are further analyzed. [EconLit citations: L660, L100]. © 2003 Wiley Periodicals, Inc. Agribusiness 19: 409-424, 2003.

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  • Matthew Gorton & John White & Svetlana Chernyshova & Alexander Skripnik & Tatiana Vinichenko & Mikhail Dumitrasco & Galina Soltan, 2003. "The reconfiguration of post-Soviet food industries: Evidence from Ukraine and Moldova," Agribusiness, John Wiley & Sons, Ltd., vol. 19(4), pages 409-424.
  • Handle: RePEc:wly:agribz:v:19:y:2003:i:4:p:409-424
    DOI: 10.1002/agr.10076

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