Factors affecting the adoption of quality assurance systems in small food enterprises

P. Karipidis, K. Athanassiadis, S. Aggelopoulos, E. Giompliakis

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    Abstract

    The implementation of quality assurance systems in the global food market strengthens companies' position and improves their competitiveness. After considering existing research findings regarding the implementation of quality assurance systems in enterprises in various economic sectors (food, non-food, manufacturing, and services), this paper examines the benefits or advantages, as well as the disadvantages or barriers, that may face small food enterprises implementing such systems. In this way, it is possible to identify the main internal and external factors which may affect the decision of a small food enterprise to adopt a quality assurance system. Several managerial, marketing, and policy implications are proposed related to the improvement of the business environment for adoption of quality assurance systems by small food enterprises.

    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)93-98
    Number of pages6
    JournalFood Control
    Volume20
    Issue number2
    DOIs
    Publication statusPublished - Feb 2009

    Keywords

    • Adoption
    • Advantages and barriers
    • Assurance systems
    • Benefits and costs
    • Food quality
    • Small enterprises

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