Microbreweries, brewpubs and beerfirms in the Sicilian craft beer industry

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Purpose: This paper aims to illustrate the organisational and managing models characterising the craft beer producers in Sicily (Southern Italy) and the main issues of the provision of raw materials. Design/methodology/approach: A direct survey involving the overall population of 41 craft breweries operating in Sicily in 2016 was carried out. Then 29 questionnaires were collected for exploratory analysis. A hierarchical cluster analysis was also performed out to group companies by similar structural, productive and economic features. Findings: The findings of the survey showed a Sicilian craft beer industry characterised by a substantial dependence on the import of malts hops and yeasts and the limited use of local raw materials among brewers. Furthermore, the characteristics of the processing plants and the sales channels appear to influence the diversification of the products and the turnover levels of the Sicilian craft beer producers. Originality/value: This is the first study describing the craft brewing industry in Sicily. The findings contribute to enrich the knowledge on the organisational models applied in the craft beer industry. In particular, the findings could contribute to shed light on some critical issues about the provision of raw materials, suggesting possible paths for the successful development of the craft beer industry in the region.
Lingua originaleEnglish
Numero di pagine17
RivistaInternational Journal of Wine Business Research
Stato di pubblicazionePublished - 2019

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Industry
Raw materials
Brewing industry
Import
Turnover
Italy
Design methodology
Economics
Hierarchical cluster analysis
Questionnaire
Diversification

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Business, Management and Accounting(all)

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