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A discrete choice experiment of the impact of consumers’ environmental values, ethical concerns, and health consciousness on food choices: A cross-cultural analysis

Sophie Ghvanidze (Center for Economics, Hochschule Geisenheim University, Geisenheim, Germany)
Natalia Velikova (Texas Wine Marketing Research Institute, Texas Tech University, Lubbock, Texas, USA)
Tim Dodd (Texas Wine Marketing Research Institute, Texas Tech University, Lubbock, Texas, USA)
Wilna Oldewage-Theron (Department of Nutritional Sciences, Texas Tech University, Lubbock, Texas, USA)

British Food Journal

ISSN: 0007-070X

Article publication date: 3 April 2017

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Abstract

Purpose

Over the last few decades, consumers’ concerns for healthier lifestyles and the environment have become the driving forces for forming food-buying intentions. The purpose of this paper is to investigate the impact of product attributes regarding nutrition and health benefits of products, the environmental impact of production and social responsibility of producers on consumers’ food and wine choices.

Design/methodology/approach

The empirical analysis is based on an online survey conducted in the USA, the UK and Germany, and incorporates a discrete choice experiment with visual shelf simulations.

Findings

Price and nutrition information are much more influential on consumers’ food choices than information about social responsibility of producers or the ecological impact of production. Product attributes emphasizing the ecological impact of production and social responsibility of food producers are specifically valued by consumers with high levels of environmental consciousness and by those concerned about goods production. Consumers who are health conscious regarding their lifestyle and diets derive high utility values from the nutritional information of the product.

Practical implications

The study contributes to an understanding of how to promote healthier food and wine choices and social and environmental responsibility of food and wine producers in various markets.

Originality/value

The study offers a comparison of product attributes concerning ecological, social, nutrition and health benefits of the product; as well the investigation of congruent interrelationships between the consumers’ values and related product attributes in three culturally distinct consumer groups.

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Citation

Ghvanidze, S., Velikova, N., Dodd, T. and Oldewage-Theron, W. (2017), "A discrete choice experiment of the impact of consumers’ environmental values, ethical concerns, and health consciousness on food choices: A cross-cultural analysis", British Food Journal, Vol. 119 No. 4, pp. 863-881. https://doi.org/10.1108/BFJ-07-2016-0342

Publisher

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Emerald Publishing Limited

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