Exploring the Food Chain. Food Production and Food Processing in Western Europe, 1850-1990 (Comparative Rural History of the North Sea Area, Book 11)
Until the late 19th century the food industry wasrestricted to a few activities, usually based on small scaleindustries. The links between agriculture and food processing werevery tight.Due to increased purchasing power, population growth andurbanisation, the demand for food grew substantially. This was notonly the case for basis products as corn and potatoes, but also andespecially for more expensive, quality products as meat, fish anddairy produce. These developments generated, together with theessential technological innovations, the creation and developmentof modern food processing in specialized shops and factories. Inonly a few decades these industries transformed from an importantcomplement to the primary agricultural production on the farms to amuch comprising industrial business. At the end of the 20th centuryfood processing has evolved into a modern, high-tech industry,dominated by a few large enterprises, offering a wide range ofproducts. This volume aims to turn the spotlight on this oftenneglected but important link in the food chain.