Exploring-Valuing Alternative Distribution Channels: A Systematic Literature Review of the Agrifood Sector

  • Kallirroi Nikolaou
  • Foivos Anastasiadis
  • Efthimia Tsakiridou
  • Konstadinos MattasEmail author
Part of the Cooperative Management book series (COMA)


The main objective of this research is to determine and describe what constitutes an alternative distribution channel for raw food products by exploring the relative literature and the practices. Alternative food channels cover an extend of channels that are depending on the local conditions and the type of agricultural distributed products. Several factors influence consumers attitudes towards alternative charnels and they are recorded. Generally consumers tend to show a preference towards alternative charnels over the last years particularly for fresh fruits and vegetables.


Alternative distribution channels Fruits and vegetables Consumer behavior Local markets 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Kallirroi Nikolaou
    • 1
  • Foivos Anastasiadis
    • 2
  • Efthimia Tsakiridou
    • 1
  • Konstadinos Mattas
    • 1
    Email author
  1. 1.School of Agriculture, Department of Agricultural EconomicsAristotle University of ThessalonikiThessalonikiGreece
  2. 2.School of Engineering, Industrial Management Division of the Mechanical Engineering DepartmentAristotle University of ThessalonikiThessalonikiGreece

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