Selling places: A community-based model for promoting local food. The case of Rhondda Cynon Taf

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Abstract

Purpose
This paper aims to evaluate how places approach the promotion of local food products and what it means to produce, consume and support local produce in a rural region.

Design/methodology/approach
The study uses a participatory action-reflective approach through a series of three focus groups held over consecutive weeks with nine participants. This included local food producers, artists and community members, with data collected through focus group discussions, reflective video diaries and a questionnaire. The research was conducted in Rhondda Cynon Taf, Wales, a region with entrepreneurial potential but lacking a reputation for food.

Findings
Findings demonstrate confused perceptions of local identity, leading to a clichéd image of the region. As such, an origin brand may do little to enhance the value of local produce or increase economic prosperity in places that lack an established identity. Places with a more recognised reputation for food, such as Wales, could benefit from an origin brand, similar to Brittany.

Originality/value
The study extends the academic understanding of place branding by investigating the value of using origin branding in promoting food products. The context of a lesser-known region highlights the importance of awareness and reputation for the successful implementation of the brand. Additionally, the unique community-led action-reflective methodology provides a holistic model in exploring the effective development of the brand.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)215-228
Number of pages14
JournalJournal of Place Management and Development,
Volume13
Issue number2
Early online date12 Dec 2019
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 17 Apr 2020

Keywords

  • Country-of-origin
  • Food
  • Labelling
  • Place
  • SME

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