Regional Economies of Local Food Production: Tracing Food Chain Links Between 'Specialist' Producers and Intermediaries in the Scottish-English Borders

Maye, Damian and Ilbery, Brian W (2006) Regional Economies of Local Food Production: Tracing Food Chain Links Between 'Specialist' Producers and Intermediaries in the Scottish-English Borders. European Urban and Regional Studies, 13 (4). pp. 337-354. ISSN 0969-7764

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Abstract

There is currently strong political desire at both European and national scales to 'relocalize' food production and supply. While advocacy remains high, few studies have interrogated the form of these 'new' food chains. This article provides an analysis of such chains in the Scottish-English borders. It traces supply links between small-scale 'specialist' food producers and associated intermediaries for three product sectors. Linking the two stages of the food chain together, the analysis shows differences within and between, as well as similarities across, sectors in terms of spatial and economic organization. It also reveals the 'hybrid' nature of specialist food chains in the region; local producers have created their own 'niche spaces' within the food system. The article thus contributes to debates on new agro-food geographies and regional economic geography and argues that local (specialist) small-scale enterprises do not usually establish food chains which are 'independent' of the wider food supply system.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: Author Keywords:food chains; hybridity; local food; Scottish-English borders; specialist products KeyWords Plus:RURAL-DEVELOPMENT; SUPPLY CHAINS; NETWORKS; EMBEDDEDNESS; QUALITY; CONSUMPTION; INNOVATION; GEOGRAPHY; PARADIGM; EUROPE
Subjects: G Geography. Anthropology. Recreation > G Geography (General)
H Social Sciences > HF Commerce
Divisions: Schools and Research Institutes > Countryside and Community Research Institute
Depositing User: Anne Pengelly
Date Deposited: 09 Apr 2014 13:09
Last Modified: 23 May 2016 14:17
URI: http://eprints.glos.ac.uk/id/eprint/461

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