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Motivations of Fresh-Cut Produce Firms to Implement Quality Management Systems

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A survey of the fresh-cut produce industry (e.g., bagged salads, baby carrots, stir-fry mixes, cut-fruit mixes) shows firms' motivation to adopt quality management systems and the effects of implementation on firms and their relationships with suppliers and customers. Data from surveyed members of the International Fresh-cut Produce Association suggest that system adoption was very widespread. The effects were intra-firm (e.g., improved management and efficiency of quality systems) and inter-firm (e.g., improved identification and facilitation of trade with firms in the supply chain). Satisfaction with adoption of quality management systems was linked to many of the same factors.
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Document Type: Research Article

Affiliations: 1: Hassan Fouayzi is a former research assistant, Department of Resource Economics, University of Massachusetts Amherst. 2: Julie A. Caswell is a professor, Department of Resource Economics, University of Massachusetts Amherst. 3: Neal H. Hooker is an assistant professor, Department of Agricultural, Environmental, and Development Economics at The Ohio State University.

Publication date: March 1, 2006

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