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Made in Italy. Made in Britain. Quality, brands and innovation in the European poultry market, 1950-1980

Tessari, A. and Godley, A. (2014) Made in Italy. Made in Britain. Quality, brands and innovation in the European poultry market, 1950-1980. Business History, 56 (7). pp. 1057-1083. ISSN 1743-7938

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To link to this item DOI: 10.1080/00076791.2013.850672

Abstract/Summary

This paper compares the development of the poultry industry in Italy with the UK. Earlier research has suggested that the UK poultry industry developed a symbiotic relationship with the emerging supermarket retailers. Italy had a retarded supermarket sector. Its distribution system favoured small-scale, independent butchers rather than chains of self-service supermarkets. Despite this the Italian poultry industry also modernised, adopting US technologies. The catalyst for this modernisation was technological innovation in refrigeration technologies that enabled Italian consumers and independent retailers to be persuaded of the merits of the new ‘technological’ chicken. While the Italian market has become dominated by AIA and Amadori in recent years, the key innovators were the entrepreneurs that created the company called Arena.

Item Type:Article
Refereed:Yes
Divisions:Henley Business School > Leadership, Organisations and Behaviour
ID Code:34352
Publisher:Taylor & Francis

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