How to co-create local food products and services with consumers?

Maria Antikainen, Marketta Niemelä

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    Local food supports local finance, employment, and cultural traditions. Local food producers often have limited resources to invest in R&D and their risk-taking ability is low. Earlier studies indicate that utilising the user's creativity and innovation capability has a lot of potential for new product development and service design. For local food producers social media offers cost-efficient possibilities for involving customers into the product and service development. The aim of the study is to find out how to co-create local food products with consumers. The study is dyadic taking both consumers' and producer's perspectives. The results indicate that consumers are interested in having long-term relationships with producers. They are motivated to participate into the development process because of the possibility to gain better products, possibility to learn and gain new insights. Producers are already using social media, and next logical step would be utilising social media in co-creation process.
    Original languageEnglish
    Title of host publicationProceedings of the XXV ISPIM Conference
    Subtitle of host publicationInnovation for Sustainable Economy & Society, ISPIM 2014
    EditorsEelko Huizingh, S. Conn, M. Torkkeli, I. Bitran
    PublisherInternational Society for Professional Innovation Management ISPIM
    ISBN (Electronic)978-952-265-590-5
    ISBN (Print)978-952-265-591-2
    Publication statusPublished - 2014
    MoE publication typeA4 Article in a conference publication
    EventXXV ISPIM Conference: Innovation for Sustainable Economy & Society - Dublin, Ireland
    Duration: 8 Jun 201411 Jun 2014


    ConferenceXXV ISPIM Conference: Innovation for Sustainable Economy & Society
    Abbreviated titleISPIM 2014


    • open innovation
    • sustainability


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