2009, 2019

4th Strength2Food Interim Meeting & Webinar on Food Quality Schemes, Bonn, Germany

Project partners gathered in Bonn, on 18-20 September 2019, for its 4th Interim Meeting, hosted by the University of Bonn (UBO). The meeting started with a Strength2Food webinar on ‘Food Quality Labels: do they matter for consumers? Empirical results from a pan-European study and policy recommendations’, organised in cooperation with University of Bonn (UBO), the European Food Information Council (EUFIC) and Newcastle University (UNEW). During the session, Prof Monika Hartmann discussed key insights from 2 pan-European consumer surveys (refer to Deliverable report D8.1), and addressed questions such as: What do consumers care about? Are labels effective in informing consumers? [...]

1909, 2019

Food Quality Labels: Do They Matter for Consumers?

This webinar has been organised in cooperation with University of Bonn, the European Food Information Council and Newcastle University, and talks about: Strength2Food’s key insights from pan-European consumer surveys. What do consumers care about? Differences between food products and countries. The role of labels to solve the lemon problem for credence attributes. Effectiveness of food quality schemes in Europe to inform consumers - recognition and perception considerations. Effectiveness of an EU label modification. Policy & practical implications of results. If interested, you can download the slides here. Additional questions? Click here to view Questions & Answers (Q&A) post the [...]

1609, 2019

How can we develop a more sustainable seafood sector?

In North-East England, Food Nation & Newcastle University are working in partnership on stimulating short food supply chains for locally landed seafood. Our research aimed at understanding the barriers and opportunities for local short fish supply chains in North-East England and identifying strategies to develop new markets for quality foods, to ensure fishers and fishmongers could obtain better margins, while also ensuring consumers gain affordable, fresh, seasonal and high quality local seafood. Our research findings indicate that there is a disconnect between the fish industry and the wider public and we need to develop new ways to bring them together. Innovative [...]

1409, 2019

Prof. Konstadinos Mattas on climate and value products

Professor Konstadinos Mattas from Aristotle University of Thessaloniki presented a lecture during the summer school “Climate Change Impacts on the MED Agro-Food Chain”, which took place on 9-14 September 2019 at the Schloss Rauischholzhausen, in Hessen, Germany. During his lecture, entitled "Climate and value products", Mattas included the results from the Strength2Food EU project, highlighting especially the sustainability of geographical indication (GI) products. The goal of the international summer school was to foster interdisciplinary research and dialogue, to better understand and tackle the challenges that environmental and climate change create for agriculture. For this purpose, it brought together researchers [...]

1209, 2019

Sustainability, Innovation and Rural Development: The Case of Parmigiano-Reggiano PDO

Sustainability is becoming a pivotal guide for driving the governance strategies of value chains. Sustainable policy should have as its objective the perpetuation of production models over time to maintain its environmental, economic and social dimensions. Therefore, measuring the sustainability of a production system is fundamental to deepening the understanding of ongoing trends, considering the pressure exerted by agricultural policies, market dynamics and innovations introduced in the production system. The purpose of this paper is to present a holistic framework for assessing the sustainability of food quality schemes (FQS), including the role of both stakeholders within the value chain, [...]

309, 2019

Short Food Supply Chains and Their Contributions to Sustainability: Participants’ Views and Perceptions from 12 European Cases

The present food system faces major challenges in terms of sustainable development along social, economic and environmental dimensions. These challenges are often associated with industrialised production processes and longer and less transparent distribution chains. Thus, closer distribution systems through Short Food Supply Chains (SFSCs) may be considered as a sustainable alternative. This study explores the role of different types of SFSCs and their contribution to sustainability through participants’ (consumers, retailers and producers) views and perceptions. As part of the European H2020 project “Strength2Food” we conducted a cross-case analysis and examined 12 European SFSC cases from six countries: France, Hungary, [...]