Challenges of the red meat supply chain in Slovenia: the case of pig breeders

Aleš Kuhar1, Hristo Hristov2
1 University of Ljubljana, Biotechnical Faculty, Department of Animal Science, 1230 Domžale, Slovenia
2 Nutrition Institute, 1000 Ljubljana, Slovenia

Abstract

Kuhar, A., & Hristov, H. (2019). Challenges of the red meat supply chain in Slovenia: the case of pig breeders. Bulgarian Journal of Agricultural Science, 25(4), 685–694

The research comprises of an in-depth analysis of the models of vertical integration of Slovenian pig producers. The data were collected in a nation-wide survey (n = 152). Besides the structural characteristics of farms, the key focus was on vertical integration of the pig breeders and a set of questions related to beliefs and attitudes towards the contemporary food supply chains. The survey data were analysed with the latent class cluster analysis focused on researched constructs related to cooperation and pig meat supply chain. The results show that rather obsolete and informal organisation structures prevail in Slovenia, which is in contrasts with hypothesis and expectations. Furthermore, farmers significantly differ according to their attitude towards supply chain coordination and business engagement in actual activities of supply chains. The research concludes with various policy implications and business guidance.

Keywords: Slovenia; pig production; supply chain; management; latent class; cluster analysis

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