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Luhmann H.,University of Agribusiness and Rural Development | Theuvsen L.,University of Agribusiness and Rural Development
International Food and Agribusiness Management Review | Year: 2017

Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) has long been an issue worldwide, and more and more industries are taking note. One important example is the poultry industry in Germany, which has become a focal point of public debate. Increasingly, consumers are demanding that firms take responsibility for their corporate actions. The goals of this study were, first, to analyze consumers' preferences for poultry firms' CSR commitment with the help of an adaptive conjoint analysis. Second, a cluster analysis is set out to define consumer groups according to their preferences. With regard to CSR, consumers in this study were most concerned with product quality, animal welfare and employee issues. TV, newspaper and product packaging are their most preferred information sources. Three clusters were identified. Firms should focus more on communicating what their firm's commitment comprises and should adapt their CSR activities and firm communication methods to the preferences of different target groups.


Lanfranchi M.,Messina University | Giannetto C.,Messina University | Dimitrova V.,University of Agribusiness and Rural Development
Bulgarian Journal of Agricultural Science | Year: 2017

The reduction of waste is a key objective for the EU. This issue has gained a greater media interest only recently, due to its importance in terms of sustainability. Within the agri-food system, waste affects the whole chain. The main aim of this research is to identify the quantity of waste of bread and bread derivates in the analyzed sales points and to understand whether or not the variables relative to the analyzed socio-economic context affect this phenomenon. The research project aims at analyzing the behaviour of the sales point’s owner regarding the food raw materials’ supply procedure and frequency. The aim is also to analyze the size of the food supply and the relative sale in order to calculate the inventories; to identify the groups of foodstuffs which have a greater waste; to analyze the management of redundancies and to identify the most frequent waste disposal methods. The instrument used in this survey is a questionnaire structured with multiple-choice questions. The choice of the sample has been made by only taking into account the companies producing bread and oven-produced products. In order to obtain indications as exhaustive, truthful and consistent with reality as possible, 113 companies located in the territory of Southern Italy (Sicily) have been identified. © 2017, National Centre for Agrarian Sciences. All rights reserved.


Terziev V.,Vasil Levski National Military University | Arabska E.,University of Agribusiness and Rural Development
Bulgarian Journal of Agricultural Science | Year: 2016

Considering the priorities of sustainable development in the context of assurance food quality and safety and rural development, the paper underlines the importance of agri-food sector and the elaboration and the implementation of new methods and instruments in management of small and medium agricultural holdings.The study addresses organic production as an overall systematic approach having a great potential for assuring sustainable growth in rural areas, and it is discussed in terms of the opportunities provided by alternative food networks, and community supported agriculture in particular.The study presented reveals the most important questions in the development of community supported agriculture (CSA) in Bulgaria and its link to organic production development.The focus in the following discussion is put on the functioning of CSA groups in the country making a proposal for a model of establishment and management underlining the significance of motivation, communication and feedbacks and envisaging the application of the concept of corporate social responsibility. © 2016, National Centre for Agrarian Sciences.All rights reserved.


Kechev M.,University of Agribusiness and Rural Development | Ivanova M.,University of Agribusiness and Rural Development
Natura Croatica | Year: 2015

Two dolichopodid species (Rhaphium caliginosum Meigen and Medetera jacula (Fallén)) are recorded for the first time in Croatia. With these new data the total number of dolichopodid flies in Croatia is 38, which are listed here. © 2015, Croatian Natural History Museum. All rights reserved.


Kechev M.,University of Agribusiness and Rural Development | Ivanova M.,University of Agribusiness and Rural Development
Silva Balcanica | Year: 2015

The paper gives information about 35 dolichopodid flies collected in a small woodland and aquatic site situated in the Upper Thracian Plain (Bulgaria). According to the abundance in the investigated ecosystem samples are divided in five groups: eudominant - Poecilobothrus regalis (54.17%), dominant - Hercostomus thraciensis (13.38%), subdominant - Hercostomus plagiatus (8.52%), rare - 8 species (1 - 5%), subrare - 24 species (<1%). Four of the species (Chrysotus femoratus, Hercostomus plagiatus, Rhaphium pectinatum and Lamprochromus bifasciatus) are newly recorded to the fauna of Bulgaria. Diversity and similarity indices are calculated and comparisons are made of the studied site with two other sites from which dolichopodid flies are collected and investigated before.


Kechev M.,University of Agribusiness and Rural Development
Acta Zoologica Bulgarica | Year: 2012

Twenty-three distinct dolichopodid species were found in Gradina Floodplain forest during spring and summer 2012. Four of them (Hercostomus fulvicaudis, Sybistroma setosa, Syntormon metathesis and Sciapus frater) are new to the fauna of Bulgaria.


Kechev M.O.,University of Agribusiness and Rural Development
Acta Zoologica Bulgarica | Year: 2012

Hercostomus convergens Loew, Syntormon mikii Strobl and Teuchophorus cristulatus Meuffels & Grootaert were collected in the Upper Thracian Plain and are new to the fauna of Bulgaria. Teuchophorus cristulatus is new to Continental Europe.


Lanfranchi M.,Messina University | Giannetto C.,Messina University | Dimitrova V.,University of Agribusiness and Rural Development
Bulgarian Journal of Agricultural Science | Year: 2016

Coffee is the second marketed product on a worldwide level, after petroleum, with a market volume equal to around 15 billion dollars. Today it represents the only real source of income for more than 20 million farmers in the South of the world. More than 25 million people perform their professional activity in the field of coffee cultivation, trade and processing. For many developing countries, coffee exports are an essential source for the growth of their economies. For these reasons, the international coffee culture has turned a commodity into a mass phenomenon. In Italy, coffee is a product consumed in large quantities and ranks 10th worldwide in terms of per capita consumption. The present survey aims at studying and investigating the identity, cultural and socio-economic aspects linked to the consumption of coffee in Italy. Therefore, the research object is to investigate whether the act of consuming coffee is not only connected with the satisfaction of basic needs, but if it implies a series of aspects linked to the individual’s culture and identity, without forgetting the economic variables that the consumer must take into account at the time of purchase. © 2016, National Centre for Agrarian Sciences. All rights reserved.


Ivanova M.,University of Agribusiness and Rural Development
CEUR Workshop Proceedings | Year: 2015

The current paper presents results from the Transfer of Innovation Project titled: "ECVET-based training of trainers in organic food retailing to "EcoQualify" Quality Assurance System" (ECVET-EcoQualify, No 2013-1- BG1-LEO05-08698). The main project aim is to create an e-learning training course for teachers/trainers and tutors/instructors oriented to offer them the abilities needed to design, plan and distribute training courses based on the European Credit System for Vocational Education and Training (ECVET) and the European Qualification Framework (EQF) in a very specific subject field - organic food retailing. The paper presents the structure of the e-learning course, the main topics in the training contents, etc. based on the "EcoQualify" Quality Assurance System and following the EQF and ECVET-learning outcomes approach. The e-learning course is available in the following languages: English, Czech, German, Bulgarian, Italian and Turkish. The elearning platform has been created and administered by Forum Berufsbildung - Germany. © 2015 for this paper by its authors.


Kechev M.,University of Agribusiness and Rural Development | Negrobov O.,Voronezh State University
Acta Zoologica Bulgarica | Year: 2015

The new species Hercostomus thraciensis sp. n. is described based on specimens collected in the Upper Thracian Plain, Bulgaria. It is closely related to Hercostomus ruficauda (Zetterstedt, 1859) on the basis of the pale hairs of the squamae and the lack of apicoventral bristles on the fore tibia. © 2015, Bulgarian Academy of Sciences. All rights reserved.

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