Do Food Quality Schemes and Net Price Premiums Go Together?

Sylvette Monier-Dilhan, Thomas Poméon*, Michael Böhm, Ruzica Brečić, Peter Csillag, Michele Donati, Hugo Ferrer-Pérez, Lisa Gauvrit, José M. Gil, Vi T. Hoàng, Apichaya Lilavanichakul, Edward Majewski, Agata Malak-Rawlikowska, Konstadinos Mattas, Orachos Napasintuwong, An Qu Nh Nguy N, Kallirroi Nikolaou, Ioannis Papadopoulos, Stefano Pascucci, Jack PeerlingsBojan Ristic, Kamilla Steinnes, Zaklina Stojanovic, Marina Tomić Maksan, Áron Török, Mario Veneziani, Gunnar Vittersø, Valentin Bellassen

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This article addresses the issue of the profitability of Food Quality Scheme (FQS) products as compared to reference products, which are defined as analogous products without quality label. We approach this question by taking into account the level of the value chain (upstream, processing, and downstream), the sector (vegetal, animal, seafood) and the type of FQS (PGI, PDO, Organic). We collected original data for several products produced in selected European countries, as well as in Thailand and Vietnam. Comparisons depending on value chain level, sector and FQS are possible by using two comparable indicators: price premium and net price premium (including cost differential). The following principal conclusions were reached: 1) Price is higher for FQS products than for the reference products, regardless of the production level, the type of FQS or the sector; 2) Price premiums generated by FQS do not differ along the value chain, nor between sectors (vegetal, animal or seafood/fish); 3) Price premium for organic products is significantly higher than for PGI products, and this conclusion holds at upstream and processing levels, taking into account the costs directly related to production; 4) All organic products and almost all PDO and PGI products analysed benefit from a positive quality rent; 5) At upstream level and processing level, the relative weight of intermediate consumption in the cost structure is lower for organic products than for reference products.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)79-94
JournalJournal of Agricultural and Food Industrial Organization
Issue number2
Early online date3 Dec 2020
Publication statusPublished - 2021


  • food quality scheme
  • geographical indication
  • organic
  • price premium
  • profitability


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