Price and Product Pooling: Impact on Development and Operation of Differentiated Value Chains
Hobbs, Jill E.
Kerr, William A.
Price pooling has long been used as a means to deal with risk in the marketing of agricultural commodities. For commodities, product pooling may also generate potential benefits through economies of scale or the provision of market power. Yet there has also been a growing interest in product differentiation and the development of value chains as a means to increase returns to farmers. This article explores the question of whether price or product pooling is compatible with a strategy of pro-active product differentiation through value chains.