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Cross‐case analysis of producer‐driven marketing channels in Australia

Sherryl Broderick (School of Environmental and Rural Sciences, University of New England, Armidale, Australia)
Vic Wright (School of Business, Economics and Public Policy, University of New England, Armidale, Australia)
Paul Kristiansen (School of Environmental and Rural Sciences, University of New England, Armidale, Australia)

British Food Journal

ISSN: 0007-070X

Article publication date: 27 September 2011

Abstract

Purpose

The purpose of the study was to investigate the feasibility of producer‐driven marketing of differentiated meat, in the context of Australian family farms. Producer‐driven marketing (PDM) is defined as marketing by farm families of their own produce by developing and managing their own supply chains beyond the farm‐gate. Family farms are defined as family operated farms. The framework used compared revenue, costs and uncertainty in various distribution channels.

Design/methodology/approach

Six individual case studies were conducted using semi‐structured interviews. The interview protocol included enterprise characteristics that contribute to the ongoing viability of the businesses.

Findings

PDM was a feasible entry point for new brands and a profitable alternative to supplying generic product to the mainstream when costs were controlled. It is proposed that PDM was feasible in the context of Australian family farms where the distribution channel chosen reduces variability in the farm‐gate price, captures the marketing margin and minimises negotiation costs, particularly the labour costs to find a buyer.

Research limitations/implications

The feasibility assessment excluded the cost of acquiring new skills which may be significant. The entrepreneurs interviewed already possessed significant marketing and business skills and experience to produce and market a brand through alternative distribution channels.

Practical Implications

Producers can potentially increase farm profitability where household labour and skills are available to market produce beyond the farm‐gate. These implications are likely to be relevant in most developed countries, not just Australia.

Originality/value

The phenomenon of producer‐driven marketing is relatively novel in Australian agribusiness with no previous analysis of the profitability and long‐term viability of such an approach in the Australian context.

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Citation

Broderick, S., Wright, V. and Kristiansen, P. (2011), "Cross‐case analysis of producer‐driven marketing channels in Australia", British Food Journal, Vol. 113 No. 10, pp. 1217-1228. https://doi.org/10.1108/00070701111177656

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Emerald Group Publishing Limited

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