Cheese trademarks: Italian dairy firms’ practices during the 20th century

Ilaria Suffia*, Andrea Maria Locatelli, Claudio Besana

*Autore corrispondente per questo lavoro

Risultato della ricerca: Contributo in rivistaArticolo in rivista

2 Citazioni (Scopus)


Trademarks have recently become a very useful sources for business historians. This longitudinal analysis of the twentieth-century trademarking activities of the most important Italian dairy firms of the era, namely Galbani, Invernizzi and Locatelli, demonstrates that trademarks were used both as a protective weapon against competitors and as an innovation carrier to open up new markets. This article also argues that trademark registrations had another dual purpose – not only were they used as buffers against negative shocks but they were also used to support periods of economic growth. A fundamental finding of this work is that trademarks, across various types of registrations, were closely connected to the features on which the companies based their sales strategies.
Lingua originaleEnglish
pagine (da-a)1227-1254
Numero di pagine28
RivistaBusiness History
Stato di pubblicazionePubblicato - 2018


  • Dairy industry
  • Food sector
  • Italian family business
  • Longitudinal analysis
  • Market strategies
  • Product design
  • Trademark


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