Heterogeneity in the Evaluation of Quality Assurance Systems: The International Food Standard (IFS) in European Agribusiness

Due to the growing demands of customers and several food crises, quality assurance schemes have become increasingly popular in agribusiness. With this trend in mind, it seems worthwhile to take a closer look at the satisfaction of participating European companies. The study focuses on the IFS, which has gained much relevance in the food industry. A questionnaire concerned with perceptions of the advantages and disadvantages of the IFS was answered by 389 companies. The results indicate that the overall evaluation of the IFS is primarily affected by the perceived usefulness of the catalogue of requirements and its evaluation. Furthermore, a cluster analysis was conducted and three clusters were identified, representing heterogeneous evaluations of the IFS.


Issue Date:
Sep 01 2008
Publication Type:
Journal Article
PURL Identifier:
http://purl.umn.edu/53727
Published in:
International Food and Agribusiness Management Review, Volume 11, Issue 3
Page range:
99-138
Total Pages:
41
JEL Codes:
Q10; Q13; Q18




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