AlpFoodway

A cross-disciplinary, transnational and participative approach to Alpine food cultural heritage

Work Package 2: Identification of best practices in the collective commercial valorisation of Alpine Food Intangible Cultural Heritage

WP responsible partner: Kedge Business School 

Best practices in commercial valorization of Intangible Cultural Heritage Alpine Food, which appropriately promoted can become an intangible asset based on experiential/symbolic elements that differentiates products and services in the eyes of tourists and other consumers will be identified. By linking heritage with consumer culture, and marketing to external markets with internal participative processes, this WP aims to provide actionable knowledge on sustainable development (km0, food waste reduction).

Activities
  • Desk Analysis to map current Intangible Cultural Heritage Alpine Food commercial valorisation practices and design subsequent field studies 
Analysis of secondary sources (news media, online sources, academic research) to identify best/worst practices in the commercial valorization and exploitation of the Intangible Cultural Heritage Alpine Food. This will result in a mapping of existing practices (typologies, actors involved, etc.) across the Alpine Space and an initial understanding of obstacles to and facilitating factors in collective marketing initiatives, which will provide the input for other activities, field studies and digital ethnography. 
  • Field studies of relevant cases of success 
In-depth studies of selected success cases in the commercial exploitation of Alpine Food Intangible Cultural Heritage through interviews with key actors, field observation of commercial enterprises, events, and consumers, analysis of promotional texts and other artifacts. The analysis will also reconstruct key internal processes (mobilization of local actors towards common collective marketing initiatives) and external dynamics (role of non-local market actors in the commercial valorization of local offerings).
  • Digital ethnography of market responses and consumer meanings 
This activity will employ an innovative research method, digital ethnography, to analyze online social networks (Tripadvisor, etc) to identify market responses to and consumer appreciation of Alpine Food products, services, experiences and events and constituting elements of the ‘Alpine Food Intangible Cultural Heritage’ collective brand. This will permit to understand the meanings consumers attribute to Alpine Food Heritage and to what extent it can become a source of differentiation in today’s hypercompetitive market.
  • Comparative analysis and development of educational, policy & managerial guidelines 

Findings from desk research, in-depth studies and digital ethnography will be critically assessed and compared to those emerging from WP 1 (key elements of the Alpine Food Intangible Cultural Heritage as understood by local actors in the Alpine Space). This will permit to identify best practices in internal mobilization processes and collective marketing initiatives to turn Alpine Food Intangible Cultural Heritage into market offerings appreciated and perceived as authentic by tourists and other consumers and local actors’ competence gaps.