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*EXTENDED DEADLINE TO 1ST APRIL* Food retailing: from Farmers' Markets to Retail 'Hybridization'

Special issue call for papers from British Food Journal

Guest Editor

Professor Sanda Renko
Department of Trade
Faculty of Economics and Business
University of Zagreb
[email protected]


Food retailing is an ancient and ever-changing business. Academics have examined its changing nature and attempted to understand it and to predict new trends in consumption.  As noted by Griffith and Kampf (1997), “The only thing certain about the retailing future is that it is uncertain. The diversity of the food retailing system, both within and among countries, as well as its growth from farmers' markets to large multinational retailers combined with many other factors makes it an exciting and challenging topic of study”. This special issue will encompass topics about the history of food retailing, the development of food retailing systems, the adoption of self-service formats, shift from open markets and small local stores to category killers and e-commerce, etc. in one place.

This issue has a specific aim to be a theoretical and practical guide towards better understanding the challenges faced by the food retail industry. It can be considered as a systematic and holistic overview and critical examination of the actual situation related to competition between modern and traditional retailers, and of its development from antiquity to the twenty-first century. This special issue will result in a useful reference for those interested in all aspects of the development of food retailing and consumption, containing many insights that could help guide forecasting and planning.

Call for papers

The guest editor is seeking contributions on theoretical and practical aspects of the development of food retailing. Accordingly, the special issue aims to include both empirical research articles as well as conceptual pieces covering (but not limited to) to the following topics:
•    parallelism in the development of food retailing formats and consumption
•    antiquities of food retailing
•    fresh food retail penetration
•    structure of the food retailing system and prevailing shopping patterns
•    institutional changes in food retailing
•    spread of self-service formats
•    phenomenon of digital food shopping
•    the impact of crisis on food retailing structure
•    evolution patterns of food retailing systems
•    mergers and acquisitions in food retailing

Submission instructions

•    Manuscripts should be between 4,000 and 7,000 words and formatted according to the journal author guidelines.
•    Submissions must be received by 1st April 2017 via the online submission system Scholar One Manuscripts:
•    Authors should indicate that the manuscripts for this special issue by selecting this from the dropdown list on Scholar One Manuscripts.

For further information

Please see the journal homepage or contact the guest editor.