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An analysis of product-place co-branding: the case of Ceylon Tea

Wasanee Tharanga Ranasinghe (Department of Marketing, Swinburne University of Technology, Melbourne, Australia)
Park Thaichon (S.P. Jain School of Global Management, Sydney, Australia)
Malanee Ranasinghe (Department of Management Studies, University of Peradeniya, Peradeniya, Sri Lanka)

Asia Pacific Journal of Marketing and Logistics

ISSN: 1355-5855

Article publication date: 9 January 2017




The purpose of this paper is to evaluate the applicability of the strategic place brand-management model (SPBM) for a product-place co-branding context, focussing on Sri Lanka’s tea industry.


Conducted as an exploratory case study, pattern matching and explanation building methods are employed to analyse data from secondary sources such as archival data and documentation.


Strategic components of place branding in SPBM are applicable for product-place co-branding, as evidenced in Sri Lanka’s tea industry, although key strategies appear to be reactive rather than proactive in this context.

Practical implications

The findings provide reassuring guidance to practitioners on applying strategic place branding models in product-place co-branding settings, given the unique risks associated with product-place co-branding.


Given the novelty of and the need to advance knowledge on product-place co-branding as a component of place branding, this study extends extant literature on the use of SPBM in a successful product-place co-branding setting. Additionally, it extends the value of place branding concepts for industries other than popularly studied tourism.



Ranasinghe, W.T., Thaichon, P. and Ranasinghe, M. (2017), "An analysis of product-place co-branding: the case of Ceylon Tea", Asia Pacific Journal of Marketing and Logistics, Vol. 29 No. 1, pp. 200-214.



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