Developments and challenges in the European pork sector

J.H. Trienekens, P.M. Wognum, R. Nijhoff-Savvaki, M. Wever

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This paper aims to give insight into the structure of and variety in the European pork system and suggests topics for further research of the European pork sector. It provides an overview of the different types of pork chains, their quality systems. governance structures and supporting technology. The paper further describes the concentration and up-scaling found in all links of the chain in most of the countries investigated. Moreover, a development towards chain-wide quality management systems and new collaborative structures in the various chains can be recognised. However, there is also a trend towards development of pork chains that aim at high-quality production for regional and niche markets, in particular in Southern European countries. Although the paper tries to give a European picture, it focuses specifically on five countries: the Netherlands, Germany, Greece, Spain and Hungary. The paper concludes with major bottlenecks and opportunities for European pork chains, after which new research issues are raised.
Original languageEnglish
Publication statusPublished - 2008
EventIAMA Symposium -
Duration: 14 Jun 200815 Jun 2008


ConferenceIAMA Symposium


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