Article

Brands, Labels, and Product Longevity: The Case of Salmon in UK Grocery Retailing

Citation

Asche F, Sogn-Grundvåg G, Zhang D, Cojocaru AL & Young JA (2021) Brands, Labels, and Product Longevity: The Case of Salmon in UK Grocery Retailing. Journal of International Food & Agribusiness Marketing, 33 (1), pp. 53-68. https://doi.org/10.1080/08974438.2020.1860857

Abstract
In recent years, the number of ecolabels and country-of-origin labels has grown substantially in seafood markets globally. This makes it more difficult for retailers and producers to communicate and demonstrate their differentiating claims to consumers. In addition, it has recently been suggested that there are both costs and supply chain benefits associated with labeling. This paper uses duration analysis to investigate factors that influence product longevity for salmon in grocery retailing. Product longevity influences cost as a prolonged product lifetime reduces costs related to product development and marketing. As has been found for wild-caught whitefish, different retail chains appear to vary in their product labeling strategies. However, in contrast to wild fish, farmed salmon with ecolabels or domestic country-of-origin labels appear to have shorter product life cycles compared to products without ecolabels or with foreign country-of-origin labeling. This is most likely due to the higher control of the production process found in aquaculture.

Keywords
Country-of-origin; duration analysis; ecolabel; organic; product survival; salmon; seafood

Journal
Journal of International Food & Agribusiness Marketing: Volume 33, Issue 1

StatusPublished
FundersThe Research Council of Norway
Publication date31/12/2021
Publication date online31/01/2021
Date accepted by journal19/01/2021
URLhttp://hdl.handle.net/1893/32237
PublisherInforma UK Limited
ISSN0897-4438
eISSN1528-6983