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Children's perception of fresh fruit and fruit snacks

John A. Bower (Queen Margaret University College, Edinburgh, UK)
Jessica Ferguson (Edinburgh Catering Services, Edinburgh Council, Edinburgh, UK)

Nutrition & Food Science

ISSN: 0034-6659

Article publication date: 23 May 2008

Abstract

Purpose

The purpose of this paper is to ascertain children's perception of fruit and fruit snacks and the influences on their choice.

Design/methodology/approach

One hundred primary school children (the majority aged 7‐11 years), from three schools, were surveyed or interviewed. A quota sample was taken with a balance of age and gender. A questionnaire survey (n = 50) plus a series of focus groups (n = 50) were carried out.

Findings

The questionnaire results showed that the children perceived fruit as likeable, healthy, convenient, low cost and available. Dried and packed fruits were of lower levels on these attributes but newer manufactured snacks were likeable and convenient, but viewed as unhealthy and costly. Focus groups revealed similar perceptions except in the case of fresh fruit which was seen as lacking convenience in terms of poor storage properties and waste.

Research limitations/implications

The paper uses a convenience sample with no socio‐economic variation.

Originality/value

The paper offers new information on new fruit snack forms.

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Citation

Bower, J.A. and Ferguson, J. (2008), "Children's perception of fresh fruit and fruit snacks", Nutrition & Food Science, Vol. 38 No. 3, pp. 256-263. https://doi.org/10.1108/00346650810871948

Publisher

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Emerald Group Publishing Limited

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