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Boosting rural tourism in Europe to drive rural growth

CRE is the advisory partner on a new project called Rural Growth (Interreg Europe) which is funded through the European Union’s European Regional Development Fund and aims to reverse rural economic decline through tourism. CRE is the only academic institution involved - the remainder of the partners are from local authorities in Hungary (Nagykanizsa), The Netherlands (Drenthe), Finland (Savonlinna), Italy (Emilia-Romagna), Spain (Madina del Campo) and Romania (Harghita).  Senior Lecturer Menelaos Gkartzios and PhD student Ian Merrell have been to the Netherlands to meet the European partners and heard about a wide variety of initiatives.  In our latest CRE blog Ian shares his experience of the trip.

published on: 13th December 2016

Improving efficiency of the agri-food sector in the EU

The EU aims to become the most competitive and dynamic knowledge-based economy in the world, and the agri-food sector could play a major role, but current research shows wide differentials in performance of member states.  The latest policy note from CRE pinpoints where some of the problems lie and how the EU might go about addressing these.

published on: 13th December 2016

Do food retailers back up good intentions with action?

A small number of supermarket food retailers and caterers supply most of the food eaten in Britain. Most are vocal about their commitment to promoting children’s health and nutrition – but are these claims backed up by action? At the recent Food Matters Live 2016 Diogo Souza Monteiro presented a talk “Lessons from retailers promoting health and wellbeing to children” in a session on marketing healthier options in practice to different demographics. His presentation was based on a paper published early this year at the Journal of Food Products Marketing with Professor Neal Hooker from the Ohio State University, examining the role British retailers are playing regarding mitigation of childhood obesity. The researchers investigated retailers social corporate responsibility reports and found that most references to children’s health and nutrition related to support for physical education, sponsoring sports competitions, or programmes of nutrition and cooking education, with little mention of food formulation.  They suggest that we should perhaps be looking more critically at how food retailers’ can reconcile their marketing strategies with their claims of social responsibility when addressing social causes.

published on: 13th December 2016

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