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Profiting from (not too many) package designs: evidence from a firm-level design registration analysis in the food manufacturing industry

Tomofumi Miyanoshita (Tokyo University of Agriculture, Tokyo, Japan)
Tohru Yoshioka-Kobayashi (Hitotsubashi University, Tokyo, Japan)
Daisuke Kanama (Kanazawa University, Kanazawa, Japan)

British Food Journal

ISSN: 0007-070X

Article publication date: 8 April 2020

Issue publication date: 11 June 2020

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Abstract

Purpose

Researchers have pointed out that product packaging in the food industry has a significant influence on consumer decision-making. However, the impact of package development on firm performance has not been investigated due to the limited availability of analyses on package design. The purpose of this study is to investigate the relationship between package development and firm performance in the Japanese food manufacturing industry.

Design/methodology/approach

This study empirically analyzed the relationship between package development and firm performance in the Japanese food manufacturing industry by using design patents data.

Findings

As a result of multiple regression analysis, it became clear that the number of design patents related to packaging is significantly linked to the operating profit ratio, growth rate of sales and increase in operating profits of firms. Moreover, the results show inverse U-shaped effects between design patents and firm performance.

Research limitations/implications

The results imply the importance of effective package design management.

Originality/value

This study provides novel insight on both marketing strategy and intellectual property management in the food industry, and it also provides a new method for empirical analysis using design patent data.

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Citation

Miyanoshita, T., Yoshioka-Kobayashi, T. and Kanama, D. (2020), "Profiting from (not too many) package designs: evidence from a firm-level design registration analysis in the food manufacturing industry", British Food Journal, Vol. 122 No. 7, pp. 2233-2251. https://doi.org/10.1108/BFJ-09-2019-0699

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Emerald Publishing Limited

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