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Food chain sustainability in Sweden

value creation through research?

Eriksson, Mattias and Nathalie, Pano and Ranjan, Ghosh (2016). Food chain sustainability in Sweden. Uppsala: (NL, NJ) > Dept. of Economics
(NL, NJ) > Dept. of Energy and Technology, Sveriges lantbruksuniversitet. Rapport / Sveriges lantbruksuniversitet, Institutionen för ekonomi ; 168

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The productivity in Swedish food sector has significantly increased during the last decades as has the capacity in distribution networks. Food company mergers combined with reductions in relative price on input resources has created a food production system that is economically more efficient. On the other hand, with some businesses growing disproportionately in comparison to others, a few big players dominate nearly the entire Swedish market. This is especially relevant in the retailing sector and raises concerns on distribution of bargaining power. This could potentially affect economic viability and innovation opportunities of smaller producers and businesses, although the direction of these effects is ambiguous.

There are newer trends like private labelling, food frauds and presence of inefficient practices in the chain which need to be understood. There are also concerns such as low Swedish competitiveness, inefficient price pass through and food waste which need to be addressed. This way the sector is confronted with challenges whose interplay is unknown territory. In the face of a dynamic food sector and evolving consumer behavior, the previous successes of the Swedish food industry may have unintendedly become threats to its future sustainability.

This report, therefore, scopes the need and potential for greater scientific investigation on challenges in Swedish food sector with the objective of augmenting the sustainability of the overall sector. In doing so, it describes the research front on sustainable food production from a value chain perspective with a focus on the retailer-supplier interface. The report concludes by discussing briefly some challenges and the related potential research directions. The aim is not to provide answers but to illustrate the potential of value creation through systematic analysis.

Authors/Creators:Eriksson, Mattias and Nathalie, Pano and Ranjan, Ghosh
Title:Food chain sustainability in Sweden
Subtitle:value creation through research?
Series Name/Journal:Rapport / Sveriges lantbruksuniversitet, Institutionen för ekonomi
Year of publishing :2016
Depositing date:3 July 2016
Number of Pages:25
Place of Publication:Uppsala
Publisher:Department of Economics, Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences
Publication Type:Report
Full Text Status:Public
Agris subject categories.:X Agricola extesions > X70 Economics and management
Subjects:(A) Swedish standard research categories 2011 > 1 Natural sciences > 105 Earth and Related Environmental Sciences > Environmental Sciences (social aspects to be 507)
(A) Swedish standard research categories 2011 > 2 Engineering and Technology > 207 Environmental Engineering > Other Environmental Engineering
(A) Swedish standard research categories 2011 > 2 Engineering and Technology > 211 Other Engineering and Technologies > Food Engineering
(A) Swedish standard research categories 2011 > 5 Social Sciences > 502 Economics and Business > Business Administration
(A) Swedish standard research categories 2011 > 5 Social Sciences > 509 Other Social Sciences > Social Sciences Interdisciplinary (Peace and Conflict Research and Studies on Sustainable Society)
Agrovoc terms:food industry, food production, sustainability, economic analysis, economic competition, sweden
Keywords:Value chain, Food industry, Retail, Market power, Innovation, Sustainable, Competitivness
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ID Code:13495
Faculty:NJ - Fakulteten för naturresurser och jordbruksvetenskap
Department:(NL, NJ) > Dept. of Economics
(NL, NJ) > Dept. of Energy and Technology
External funders:Acturum Development AB
Deposited By: Mattias Eriksson
Deposited On:16 Aug 2016 13:19
Metadata Last Modified:14 Sep 2020 12:21

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