The Rapid Rise of Supermarkets in Chile: Effects on Dairy, Vegetable, and Beef Chains

13 Pages Posted: 4 Jul 2003

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Sergio Faiguenbaum

International Network for Research on Farming Systems (RIMISP)

Julio Berdegué

International Network for Research on Farming Systems (RIMISP)

Thomas Reardon

Michigan State University - Department of Agricultural Economics

Abstract

Focusing on the recent expansion of supermarkets in Chile, from large to medium and small cities and across income strata, this article analyses the driving forces behind the process, including the extent and limits of concentration and foreign firm participation. Supermarkets' procurement practices are examined in terms of their technological, organizational, management, and financial impact on traditional retailers, suppliers, processors and producers in the dairy, horticulture and meat chains. Public policies are proposed to expand the access of small and medium stakeholders in those chains to the opportunities opened directly and indirectly by supermarket expansion, as well as to limit and reduce the harmful effects of the process.

Suggested Citation

Faiguenbaum, Sergio and Berdegue, Julio A. and Reardon, Thomas A., The Rapid Rise of Supermarkets in Chile: Effects on Dairy, Vegetable, and Beef Chains. Development Policy Review, Vol. 20, pp. 459-471, 2002, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=333877

Sergio Faiguenbaum (Contact Author)

International Network for Research on Farming Systems (RIMISP) ( email )

Santiago
Chile

Julio A. Berdegue

International Network for Research on Farming Systems (RIMISP) ( email )

Santiago
Chile

Thomas A. Reardon

Michigan State University - Department of Agricultural Economics ( email )

East Lansing, MI 48824
United States
517-355-1521 (Phone)
517-432-1800 (Fax)

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