Financialization in agri-food supply chains: private equity and the transformation of the retail sector

Burch, David and Lawrence, Geoffrey (2013) Financialization in agri-food supply chains: private equity and the transformation of the retail sector. Agriculture and Human Values, 30 2: 247-258. doi:10.1007/s10460-012-9413-7


Author Burch, David
Lawrence, Geoffrey
Title Financialization in agri-food supply chains: private equity and the transformation of the retail sector
Journal name Agriculture and Human Values   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 0889-048X
1572-8366
Publication date 2013-06
Year available 2013
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1007/s10460-012-9413-7
Volume 30
Issue 2
Start page 247
End page 258
Total pages 12
Place of publication Dordrecht, The Netherlands
Publisher Springer
Collection year 2014
Language eng
Formatted abstract
The analysis of the financialization of food and farming has tended to focus on issues such as the impact on the productive and input sectors of the food chain, including the role of asset management companies, private equity consortia and other financial institutions in acquiring and managing farmland. However, processes of financialization impact along the whole agri-food supply chain, including the retail and food service sectors. This paper analyses the take-over by a private equity company of Somerfield, one of the UK's leading supermarket chains, and the impact the subsequent restructuring had on the management and organization of the retailer's operations. In doing so, the paper not only extends the analysis of the effects of financialization on the food system, but also raises questions about the extent to which the supermarkets are the dominant actors in the establishment and management of agri-food supply chains
Keyword Finacialization
Agri food supply chains
Private equity
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Confirmed Code
Institutional Status UQ

Document type: Journal Article
Sub-type: Article (original research)
Collections: Official 2014 Collection
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