Published : 2018-10-05

Verification of the smile curve of food industry in Japan – a consideration using the B to B rate and operating income margin

Hiroshi Imahashi



Keisuke Uenishi



Kiminori Gemba



Abstract

The goal of this study is to verify the correlation between the industrial organisation and the profitability of the food industry in Japan. Our analysis shows the profitability of
each upstream, midstream, and downstream industry using the concept of the smile curve. A quantitative analysis was performed using the B-to-B rate and operating income
margins of 32 industrial classifications. The results indicate that the profitability of midstream industries is lower than that of downstream food industries.

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Food industry, B-to-B rate, operating income margin, smile curve



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Imahashi , H. ., Uenishi , K. ., & Gemba, K. . (2018). Verification of the smile curve of food industry in Japan – a consideration using the B to B rate and operating income margin. Forum Scientiae Oeconomia, 6(4), 65–79. https://doi.org/10.23762/FSO_VOL6_NO4_5

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