Retailing local food in the Scottish–English borders: A supply chain perspective

Ilbery, Brian W and Maye, Damian ORCID: 0000-0002-4459-6630 (2006) Retailing local food in the Scottish–English borders: A supply chain perspective. Geoforum, 37 (3). pp. 352-367. doi:10.1016/j.geoforum.2005.09.003

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Local food is championed as one alternative response to industrial systems of food production and supply. While advocacy for local food is high, there is a lack of empirical evidence about the actual shape and scale of such food supply chains, especially from a retail perspective. Using supply chain diagrams, this paper presents a summary of 'new' agro-food geographies for five different retail types-farm shops, butchers, caterers, specialist shops, supermarkets/department stores-that all source local food from suppliers in the Scottish-English borders. Presented as five separate 'shopping trips', the paper examines where, how and why retailers source local food. Results reveal the complex nature of local food systems, especially in terms of intra-sector competitive dynamics (with a notable tension between direct forms of retail and established (independent) retailers), links and overlaps with 'normal' food retail systems and elastic notions of the'local'. The paper also draws a key distinction between locally produced and locally supplied food products.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: Author Keywords:food retail; food system; local food; supply chain diagrams; Scottish-English borders KeyWords Plus:RURAL-DEVELOPMENT; NETWORKS; UK; EMBEDDEDNESS; SUPERMARKETS; AGRICULTURE; PRODUCTS; QUALITY; CONTEXT; SYSTEM
Subjects: G Geography. Anthropology. Recreation > G Geography (General)
H Social Sciences > H Social Sciences (General)
Divisions: Schools and Research Institutes > Countryside and Community Research Institute
Depositing User: Anne Pengelly
Date Deposited: 09 Apr 2014 12:59
Last Modified: 01 Aug 2021 21:27

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