Edward McLaughlin

Edward McLaughlin


201C Warren Hall



Robert G. Tobin Professor of Marketing

Director, Food Industry Management Program

Areas of Expertise

  • Food Marketing and Retailing
  • Fresh Produce
  • Marketing
  • Retailing

Graduate Fields

  • Applied Economics and Management


  • Doctorate Michigan State University, 1983
  • Master of Science University of Vermont, 1977
  • Bachelor of Science St. Lawrence University, 1970

My professional focus is marketing and retailing. The Food Industry Management Program (FIMP) that I direct conducts research and extends the results of that research to the food industry and public beyond. FIMP also offers a dozen executive education programs each year customized for both individuals and companies. Before being appointed Interim Dyson Dean, I served as the Associate Director of the Dyson School and for 20 years directed the Undergraduate Business Program, the largest undergraduate major at Cornell.

Research Focus

Food Marketing
Food Retailing

Outreach and Extension Focus

Case Studies:
- McLaughlin, E. W. (2017). On-Line Food Shopping: Peapod Accelerates Growth. Regent of the University of California.
- McLaughlin, E. W. (2015). On-Line Food Shopping: Peapod Finds a Path. Purdue University.
- McLaughlin, E. W. (2014). Smart & Final: Catching the Next Wave of Growth. Regents of the University of California.
- McLaughlin, E. W. (2011). Giant Pursues Ukrops. Pinnacle Series. McGraw-Hill.
- McLaughlin, E. W. (2011). Private Label Positioning - the Case of Harris Teeter. McGraw-Hill.
- McLaughlin, E. W. (2010). The Ripe Stuff: Schnuck's Produce Challenge. Regents of the University of California.
- McLaughlin, E. W. (2008). The Hannaford's Quest for Differentiation and Loyalty: Doing Well by Doing Good. Regents of the University of California.

Extension Bulletins:
- McLaughlin, E. W., Park, K. S., (2015). Produce Industry Procurement: Changing Preferences and Practices. E.B. 15-10. Dyson School of Applied Economics and Management.

Teaching Focus

Marketing, general
Marketing, food industry

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Awards and Honors

  • Best Paper Award 2013 "Taxing Food and Beverages: Theory, Evidence, and Policy" (2013) American Journal of Agricultural Economics
  • Best Paper Award 2007, “Guest Satisfaction and Restaurant Performance", Cornell Hospitality Quarterly 2007 48:284-298 (2008) Cornell Hospitality Quarterly
  • Weiss Presidential Teaching Fellow (2007) Cornell University
  • Presidential Award for Excellence in Research and Communication (2000) Food Distribution Research Society
  • SUNY Chancellor’s Award for Excellence in Teaching (1998)

Selected Publications

Journal Publications

Book Chapters

  • McLaughlin, E. W., Gomez, M., & Hardesty, S. (2014). Can Local Food Markets Expand? Growing Local: Case Studies on Local Food Supply Chains King R.P., M. Hand and M.I. Gómez (ed.), University of Nebraska Press.
  • McLaughlin, E. W., & Gomez, M. (2014). Food Distribution. Introduction to the US Food System: Public Health, Environment and Equity Neff, R. (ed.), Jossey-Bass.

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