Economics of Innovation: The Case of Food Industry

  • Giovanni Galizzi
  • Luciano Venturini
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Part of the Contributions to Economics book series (CE)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages I-IX
  2. Introduction

    1. Giovanni Galizzi, Luciano Venturini
      Pages 1-19
  3. The Determinants of Innovation

  4. Firm’s Organization and Performance

  5. Case-Studies

  6. Back Matter
    Pages 407-407

About these proceedings


Giovanni Galizzi and Luciano Venturini The food industry has been characterized by several and profound changes in its structure and competitive environment in the last decades. Although it is not a research-oriented industry, there is no arguing that technological change and particularly product innovations are crucial determinants of ftrms' performance and In recent years food manufacturers have accelerated the consumers' welfare. development of new products, by using new ingredients, processing and packaging techniques. Thus, food markets are increasingly characterized by competitive environments where relevant flows of innovative products, quality improvements and new technologies provide new consumption trends, food habits, market opportunities and ftrms' strategies. However, the issue of product innovation in the food industries has been rather neglected by economists. Few works have explicitly addressed this issue. After the pioneering book of Buzzell and Nourse (1967), one can count few contributes. Connor (1981) examined the empirical determinants of new food products introductions. Padberg and Westgren (1979) provided crucial insights about the nature of food innovation through their notions of consumer inertia, technological redundancy and incremental product innovation. Some case-studies provide useful empirical materials, but they are generally sparse.


European food Innovation Nahrungsmittelindustrie Technological Change Technologischer Wandel food industry high-tech industries marketing

Editors and affiliations

  • Giovanni Galizzi
    • 1
  • Luciano Venturini
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of Agri-Food EconomicsCatholic UniversityPiacenzaItaly

Bibliographic information

  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Physica-Verlag Heidelberg 1996
  • Publisher Name Physica-Verlag HD
  • eBook Packages Springer Book Archive
  • Print ISBN 978-3-7908-0911-4
  • Online ISBN 978-3-642-50001-5
  • Series Print ISSN 1431-1933
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