29 July 2021 News

Mancini M.C., and Arfini F. (2018). Short supply chains and Protected Designations of Origin: the case of Parmigiano Reggiano (Italy). Journal of Depopulation and Rural Development Studies, 11: 43-64

Short food supply chains are considered a tool for promoting the local economy and meeting consumers’ quality requirements. This paper analyses the case of a Protected Designation of Origin (PDO) product that is marketed both worldwide and through a short supply chain (Parmigiano Reggiano). The case study shows that short chains can be an important trade channel for consumers, producers and rural development. Parmigiano Reggiano dairy factories with direct sales are more resilient than those without direct sales. The study also shows that the successful implementation of a short supply chain requires efficient governance.