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Attitudes towards Italian wine of practitioners in the Chinese distribution

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  • Sergio Marchesini

    () (Alma Mater Studiorum University of Bologna)

  • Huliyeti Hasimu

    () (Alma Mater Studiorum University of Bologna)

  • Maurizio Canavari

    () (Alma Mater Studiorum University of Bologna)

  • Alessandro Farneti

    () (Alma Mater Studiorum University of Bologna)

Abstract

China’s economy has grown at an impressive rate after the integration into the global trading system (WTO) in 2001, a major turning point in the Chinese economic history. The opening policy has increased business opportunities for both local and foreign operators; however, in spite of the great appeal of such cooperation, many obstacles yet exist: language, culture, education, business practices, and industrial development. Food products supply and access to the market are mastered by a relatively small group of businessmen: international buyers, purchasing agents, retailers and representatives of large-scale distribution chains. The perception they have of a potential source country is a key factor for a successful market approach. The present study aims at understanding the attitudes of distribution practitioners in the Chinese market towards imported Italian quality wine, as well as the current communication, marketing, strategic and organizational advantages or deficiencies of Italian producers, compared to other European counterparts. The primary data were collected through personal interviews with key informants in Shanghai, Beijing and Guangzhou. Such information has been completed with an analysis of the existing literature, meetings with sector operators as well as with talks and presentations of experts attending the “International Workshop on Chinese Wine Market”, held in Beijing on August 8-10, 2007. The interviews have been administered as conversation-like dialogues, on the base of a semi-structured interview outline, providing also the framework for a qualitative content analysis. This paper is aimed at giving an insight on import and distribution of Italian wine in China, highlighting both positive and negative feedbacks on the effectiveness of marketing strategies of Italian wine trading companies.

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  • Sergio Marchesini & Huliyeti Hasimu & Maurizio Canavari & Alessandro Farneti, 2007. "Attitudes towards Italian wine of practitioners in the Chinese distribution," DEIAgra Working Papers 7003, Alma Mater Studiorum University of Bologna, Department of Agricultural Economics and Engineering, revised Dec 2007.
  • Handle: RePEc:bag:deiawp:7003
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    1. Ping Qing & Aiqin Xi & Wuyang Hu, 2015. "Self-Consumption, Gifting, and Chinese Wine Consumers," Canadian Journal of Agricultural Economics/Revue canadienne d'agroeconomie, Canadian Agricultural Economics Society/Societe canadienne d'agroeconomie, vol. 63(4), pages 601-620, December.
    2. Qing, Ping & Hu, Wuyang, 2015. "Self-Consumption, Gifting, and Chinese Wine Consumers," 2015 AAEA & WAEA Joint Annual Meeting, July 26-28, San Francisco, California 201853, Agricultural and Applied Economics Association;Western Agricultural Economics Association.
    3. Qing, Ping & Hu, Wuyang, 2016. "Chinese Consumer Preference for Red Wine Attributes," 2016 Annual Meeting, July 31-August 2, 2016, Boston, Massachusetts 235477, Agricultural and Applied Economics Association.

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    Keywords

    wine; international trade; distribution; China; Made in Italy;

    JEL classification:

    • Q13 - Agricultural and Natural Resource Economics; Environmental and Ecological Economics - - Agriculture - - - Agricultural Markets and Marketing; Cooperatives; Agribusiness
    • Q17 - Agricultural and Natural Resource Economics; Environmental and Ecological Economics - - Agriculture - - - Agriculture in International Trade

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