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Information used in food shoppers’ vegetable purchasing decisions in Chinese societies

Jane Lu Hsu (Department of Marketing, National Chung Hsing University, Taichung, Taiwan)
Charlene W. Shiue (Department of Marketing, National Chung Hsing University, Taichung, Taiwan)
Kelsey J.-R. Hung (Department of Marketing, National Chung Hsing University, Taichung, Taiwan)

British Food Journal

ISSN: 0007-070X

Article publication date: 3 July 2017

Abstract

Purpose

The purpose of this paper is to reveal influential information used in vegetable purchasing decisions of household primary food shoppers in China and in Taiwan.

Design/methodology/approach

Two in-person surveys were administrated separately in Shanghai, China and in Taipei, Taiwan, the two most populous metropolitan areas in China and in Taiwan, respectively.

Findings

Results reveal that about 32 per cent of respondents in Taipei purchase vegetables once in every two to three days. The majority of respondents in Shanghai (81 per cent) purchase vegetables on a daily basis. Results of factor analysis reveal the four dimensions, origin labelling, promotion, selection, and quality, influence purchasing decisions of respondents in Taipei and in Shanghai. For household primary food shoppers in Taipei, origin labelling and selection help food shoppers in Taipei in vegetable purchasing decisions, but not promotion. For those food shoppers in Shanghai who purchase large volume of vegetables, quality is the most important factor in purchasing decisions.

Originality/value

This study provides new insights into vegetable purchasing decisions in two populous cities in China and Taiwan. The contributions of this study are to provide valuable information in vegetable purchasing decisions for effective information communication in retailing; and to fill in the gap of research in vegetable purchasing decisions in consumer behaviour studies in Chinese societies.

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Citation

Hsu, J.L., Shiue, C.W. and Hung, K.J.-.-R. (2017), "Information used in food shoppers’ vegetable purchasing decisions in Chinese societies", British Food Journal, Vol. 119 No. 7, pp. 1487-1494. https://doi.org/10.1108/BFJ-06-2016-0286

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Emerald Publishing Limited

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