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Policy initiatives for regional foods: Some insights from consumer research

Lookup NU author(s): Dr Angela Tregear, Dr Sharron Kuznesof, Dr Andrew Moxey


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All agricultural products have specific geographic origins and at least some consumers, producers and retailers differentiate products on this basis. Recent food policy initiatives within the European Union and the United Kingdom offer formal mechanisms for such differentiation via certification schemes. Yet the appropriateness of these mechanisms has not been scrutinised extensively. Drawing upon an exploratory qualitative research project based in the UK, this paper examines geographic indication in foods from a consumer perspective, and considers the implications for policy-makers. The findings highlight some important issues regarding the characteristics and perceived authenticity of regional foods.

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Author(s): Tregear A, Kuznesof S, Moxey A

Publication type: Article

Publication status: Published

Journal: Food Policy

Year: 1998

Volume: 23

Issue: 5

Pages: 383-394

Print publication date: 01/10/1998

Online publication date: 09/02/1999

ISSN (print): 0306-9192

ISSN (electronic): 1873-5657

Publisher: Pergamon Press


DOI: 10.1016/S0306-9192(98)00044-X


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