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When a music festival goes veggie : Communication and environmental impacts of an innovative food strategy

Tommy D. Andersson (School of Business, Economics and Law at University of Gothenburg, Gothenburg, Sweden)
Henrik Jutbring (School of Business, Economics and Law at University of Gothenburg, Gothenburg, Sweden)
Erik Lundberg (School of Business, Economics and Law at University of Gothenburg, Gothenburg, Sweden)

International Journal of Event and Festival Management

ISSN: 1758-2954

Article publication date: 11 October 2013

Issue publication date: 11 October 2013

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Abstract

Purpose

The purpose of this study is first to describe and discuss an innovative strategy, pursued by a music festival, to reduce the environmental impact by allowing only vegetarian food in the festival area. A second aim is to discuss the effects of the vegetarian strategy for the festival in terms of branding and communication impacts. A third aim is to assess the effect on the ecological footprint of the festival from the vegetarian food strategy.

Design/methodology/approach

Festival visitors’ food consumption was surveyed in 2010 (719 responses) and again in 2012 when only vegetarian food was served on festival premises (663 responses). The EPA event calculator, developed in Australia, was used to calculate the ecological footprint of the festival. The implementation and the impacts were studied from the festival organisers’ perspective through two (one hour long) interviews with one of the festival managers.

Findings

For the festival brand, the vegetarian strategy proved to be extremely successful in terms of media attention and an enhanced “green” image of the festival. An analysis of the environmental impact of the vegetarian strategy indicates a remarkable drop of 40 per cent in the size of the ecological footprint.

Practical implications

Based on the results of this study, a vegetarian strategy can be recommended as an innovation for festivals that have core values and a brand image grounded both in sustainability and the reduction of environmental impacts and that are truly concerned about the environment.

Originality/value

Festival Footprint Analysis.

Keywords

Citation

D. Andersson, T., Jutbring, H. and Lundberg, E. (2013), "When a music festival goes veggie : Communication and environmental impacts of an innovative food strategy", International Journal of Event and Festival Management, Vol. 4 No. 3, pp. 224-235. https://doi.org/10.1108/IJEFM-06-2013-0015

Publisher

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Emerald Group Publishing Limited

Copyright © 2013, Emerald Group Publishing Limited

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