Spread of retailer food quality standards; A transition countries perspective

L. Drescher, C. Grebitus, T. Herzfeld

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Privately initiated food quality standards are becoming increasingly important elements in the marketing of food and agricultural products in Western Europe. At the same time, they are at the centre of a discussion about the potential negative effects on small farmers and farmers in developing and transition countries in general. This study analyses the adoption of two private food standards, the BRC Food Technical Standard and GlobalGAP, at an aggregated cross-country level. The results of the econometric analysis reveal some (potential) barriers for developing and transition countries in accessing this type of organizational innovation. Certificates seem more likely to be issued in countries that are larger and wealthier, which have better institutional arrangements and better infrastructural conditions, and which are former UK colonies
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)15-21
JournalOutlook on Agriculture
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 2009


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