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Communicative and globalizing impacts of food labels: An Australian study

Xu, E.ORCID: 0000-0002-1482-2836 and Lee, T.ORCID: 0000-0003-3333-0076 (2020) Communicative and globalizing impacts of food labels: An Australian study. Media International Australia, 175 (1). pp. 93-108.

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This article analyzes the impacts of the Australian Federal Government’s food labeling reforms on the formation of food practices and the market for local food products. It considers how the inclusion of product and ingredient origin information blurs the distinction between ‘domestic’ and ‘foreign’ food products, and foregrounds different ‘support local’ behaviors. Findings from the study highlight the influence of structural and cultural factors, complemented by the strategic use of media tools, in shaping how food labels function as mechanisms to mediate domestic and transnational food practices. Retail concentration, support for the ‘buy local’ discourse, and the mediating influence of supermarket food media are presented as key factors that underpin the diffusion of and the demand for branded products and local food products in Australia. The impacts of the food origin labeling regulations on Australia’s highly concentrated grocery retail sector and export markets for Australian food products are also discussed.

Item Type: Journal Article
Murdoch Affiliation(s): Creative Media, Arts and Design
Publisher: SAGE Publications
Copyright: © The Author(s) 2019
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