Nordic Food Transitions: Towards a territorialized action space for food and rural development, 1st Edition (Hardback) book cover

Nordic Food Transitions

Towards a territorialized action space for food and rural development, 1st Edition

Edited by Jesper Manniche, Bjornar Saether


120 pages

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pub: 2018-06-13
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The ambition of the book is to investigate a possible transition in the markets for food in the Nordic countries. Six chapters from various disciplinary traditions study change and innovation within the food sectors in Denmark, Sweden and Norway; while an introductory chapter discusses the findings of these analyses. Specialty food has established a strong position within product categories such as craft beer in Denmark and organic food in Sweden, but has failed to do so in others. The emergence of markets for specialty foods have been promoted by top-down policy initiatives and bottom-up entrepreneurial efforts. Far from providing the only relevant platform for food transition and innovation, the "New Nordic Food" manifesto has helped creating a territorialized action space for networks of food producers and distributors promoting diversity in local food and rural development. Some of the specialty food networks have succeeded in re-scaling their operations from a local to a national market. Today even large retailers and food processing companies have to pay notice to the ongoing changes among consumers. There is however a paradoxical constraint in a transition towards specialty food. A large-scale transition would imply that producers and consumers abandon precisely what constitute them - their exclusiveness.

The chapters were originally published in a special issue of European Planning Studies.

Table of Contents

Introduction: Emerging Nordic food approaches

Jesper Manniche and Bjørnar Sæther

1. Quality turns in Nordic food: a comparative analysis of specialty food in Denmark, Norway and Sweden

Henrik Halkier, Laura James and Egil Petter Stræte

2. Sustainability transformations in the balance: exploring Swedish initiatives challenging the corporate food regime

Jacob von Oelreich and Rebecka Milestad

3. How relationships can influence an organic firm’s network identity

Gunn-Turid Kvam, Hilde Bjørkhaug and Ann-Charlott Pedersen

4. It’s never too late to join the revolution! – Enabling new modes of production in the contemporary Danish food system

Martin Hvarregaard Thorsøe, Chris Kjeldsen and Egon Noe

5. Storytelling and meal experience concepts

Lena Mossberg and Dorthe Eide

6. The reinvention of terroir in Danish food place promotion

Szilvia Gyimóthy

About the Editors

Jesper Manniche is a senior research fellow experienced within a range of research fields related to rural development including local food networks, innovation and knowledge creation, small businesses and entrepreneurship, and regional governance and policy.

Bjørnar Sæther is a professor in human geography at the University of Oslo, Norway, with a specialization in economic geography. His teaching and research activities are related to resource based industries, innovation in rural areas and sustainability issues.

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