Market Access for Local Food through the Conventional Food Supply Chain

The paper examines relationships and linkages between the conventional supply chain actors (wholesalers and retailers) and local food producers based on a study conducted in Southeast Michigan. A case study approach was employed to examine chain actors’ operations and to explore their roles, experiences and perceptions about local foods. Semi-structured interviews were conducted with the owners and managers of eleven retailers and six wholesalers. The study found differences in local food perceptions, buying experiences and perceived benefits and risks associated with local food sourcing activities. The study also identified some competition between local independent food retailers and alternative market outlets. The major implication of the findings is that producers need to provide additional market services and develop trust-based relationships with their buyers to create better market access for local foods.


Editor(s):
Goldsmith, Peter D.
Issue Date:
Feb 15 2011
Publication Type:
Journal Article
Record Identifier:
http://ageconsearch.umn.edu/record/100876
PURL Identifier:
http://purl.umn.edu/100876
Published in:
International Food and Agribusiness Management Review, Volume 14, Issue 1
Page range:
63-82
Total Pages:
21
Series Statement:
14
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