1. bookVolume 12 (2021): Issue 1 (May 2021)
Journal Details
First Published
19 Sep 2012
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2 times per year
access type Open Access

Position and Role of Social Supermarkets in Food Supply Chains

Published Online: 04 Jun 2021
Page range: 179 - 196
Received: 12 Oct 2020
Accepted: 06 Apr 2021
Journal Details
First Published
19 Sep 2012
Publication timeframe
2 times per year

Background: Social supermarkets were developed in Europe after the economic crisis 2008-2014. Their purpose is to decrease food waste that occurs in traditional food supply chains and to ensure access to food to socially endangered citizens.

Objectives: This paper analyses the general perception of consumers regarding the mission and purpose of social supermarkets in four Central Eastern European (CEE) countries: Croatia, Poland, Lithuania, and Serbia.

Methods/Approach: The paper brings the results of the survey research conducted in the observed CEE countries measuring attitudes towards the relevance and the role of social supermarkets.

Results: There is a positive attitude regarding the existence of social supermarkets in all the analysed CEE countries. Less than 10% of respondents claim that there is no need for such organizations. In Croatia, Lithuania, and Poland examinees claim that reduction of food waste rather than reduction of poverty should be emphasized as a mission of social supermarkets.

Conclusions: Social supermarkets require improvement of a legal framework, welfare system integration, and implementation of state monitoring. Moreover, larger involvement of religious communities, national and local governments, as supporting institutions is observed as a necessity in all the countries.


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