Prospects for commercialisation of an Alaska native wild resource as a commodity crop

Joshua Kellogg, Clyde Higgs, Mary Ann Lila

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The emerging research evidence regarding functional food health benefits, coupled with the modern rise in degenerative and lifestyle-related health conditions, has created a growing market in the United States: the super-fruit. Wild berries, which contain bioactive phytochemicals with demonstrated efficacy against metabolic syndrome, have fulfilled important nutritional, medicinal, and social roles in Native American/Alaska Native lifestyles for generations. In this article, a SWOT analysis was used to explore the opportunities and obstacles for native development of wild Alaskan berries as a commercial product. On one hand, the novelty, market appeal and abundance of these phytochemically enriched berries suggest an entrepreneurial prospect for native communities. On the other hand, historical traditions typically dictate community ownership of the wild indigenous berries, and a natural inclination to protect common resources is prevalent in most communities. The factors that influence this complex juxtaposition between internal culture and external development are highlighted.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)77-101
Number of pages25
JournalJournal of Entrepreneurship
Issue number1
StatePublished - Mar 2011
Externally publishedYes


  • Alaska Native
  • CDFI
  • SWO
  • berry
  • commercialisation
  • super-fruit

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Business and International Management
  • Economics and Econometrics
  • Strategy and Management


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