Food Quality Issues and Food-related Firms' Procurement Activities of Imported Agricultural Products

This paper analyzed firstly the positive meanings of imperfect competition, diversification of quality concept and role of various actors, and secondly the complicated procurement activities by Japanese food-related firms. Though quality control systems for vegetables have been strengthened after pesticide problems happened in China, they still remain partial. It is a crucial task for food-related firms to establish a supply chain based on trust. Long delivery time and large lot size are inevitable for imported products. As far as Japanese food-related firms express an orientation for postponement procurement, Japanese agricultural products can gain the competitive advantage of physical distribution quality. On the other hand, as there is a case that imported agricultural products are positioned as a means of differentiation strategies, any quality advantage depends on each food-related firm's strategy.


Variant title:
食品市場における品質問題と食関連企業の輸入調達行動
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Issue Date:
2014-09
Publication Type:
Journal Article
PURL Identifier:
http://purl.umn.edu/242339
Published in:
Journal of Rural Economics, Volume 86, Number 2
Page range:
120-126
Total Pages:
7




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