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Connecting local food to foodservice businesses: an exploratory qualitative study on wholesale distributors' perceived benefits and challenges
Fairleigh Dickinson University, Canada.
Linnaeus University, School of Business and Economics, Department of Organisation and Entrepreneurship. University of Canterbury, New Zealand.ORCID iD: 0000-0002-7734-4587
University of Canterbury, New Zealand.
2019 (English)In: Journal of Foodservice Business Research, ISSN 1537-8020, E-ISSN 1537-8039, Vol. 22, no 3, p. 261-285Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

Wholesale distributors play a vital role in the foodservice industry. However, despite growing interest in local food systems, little research has considered the motivations and challenges of wholesale distributors in developing and maintaining direct relationships with local farmers. This exploratory study investigates wholesale distributors’ perceptions, motivations, and constraints in buying local food products from local farmers in a study conducted in Vancouver, Canada, and Christchurch, New Zealand. Semi-structured interviews were conducted with 16 wholesale distributors. Results indicate that purchasing of local foods was perceived as beneficial by wholesale distributors, but they experienced challenges with purchasing. Based on the findings, strategies are posited for both wholesale distributors and farmers to better serve foodservice organizations. 

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Taylor & Francis, 2019. Vol. 22, no 3, p. 261-285
Keywords [en]
Farmers, Food wholesalers, Foodservice, Local foods
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Economics and Business
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Tourism
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URN: urn:nbn:se:lnu:diva-82894DOI: 10.1080/15378020.2019.1600891Scopus ID: 2-s2.0-85063990275OAI: oai:DiVA.org:lnu-82894DiVA, id: diva2:1317454
Available from: 2019-05-22 Created: 2019-05-22 Last updated: 2019-09-12Bibliographically approved

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