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Retailing in the voluntary sector: the role of the Scottish food co‐operatives

Retailing in the voluntary sector: the role of the Scottish food co‐operatives Voluntary food co‐operatives (VFCs) remain a relatively under‐researched area of academic enquiry. However, they represent an important form of retail provision for particular consumer groups. This paper examines the role and purpose of VFCs in Scotland. It details the primary reasons behind their establishment and examines their different methods of operation. Placed within a framework of food retail access, the research identifies the important contribution VFCs make to alleviating poverty and promoting healthy eating in inner urban areas. Significant differences exist between VFCs and the paper therefore concludes with a typology of different voluntary food co‐operatives. http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png European Journal of Marketing Emerald Publishing

Retailing in the voluntary sector: the role of the Scottish food co‐operatives

European Journal of Marketing , Volume 38 (11/12): 15 – Nov 1, 2004

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Emerald Publishing
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Copyright © 2004 Emerald Group Publishing Limited. All rights reserved.
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0309-0566
DOI
10.1108/03090560410560245
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Abstract

Voluntary food co‐operatives (VFCs) remain a relatively under‐researched area of academic enquiry. However, they represent an important form of retail provision for particular consumer groups. This paper examines the role and purpose of VFCs in Scotland. It details the primary reasons behind their establishment and examines their different methods of operation. Placed within a framework of food retail access, the research identifies the important contribution VFCs make to alleviating poverty and promoting healthy eating in inner urban areas. Significant differences exist between VFCs and the paper therefore concludes with a typology of different voluntary food co‐operatives.

Journal

European Journal of MarketingEmerald Publishing

Published: Nov 1, 2004

Keywords: Retailing; Disadvantaged groups; Voluntary organizations; Food products; Communities

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