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What motivates consumers to purchase organic food in an emerging market? An empirical study from Saudi Arabia

Abdul Alem Mohammed (College of Sciences and Humanities, Shaqra University, Shaqra, Saudi Arabia) (Faculty of Administrative Sciences, Taiz University, Taiz, Yemen)

British Food Journal

ISSN: 0007-070X

Article publication date: 22 December 2020

Issue publication date: 27 April 2021

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Abstract

Purpose

This study aims to investigate the impact of perceived values (hedonic and utilitarian), trust and subjective norms on consumers' purchasing intentions of organic food in Saudi Arabia; it also explores the moderating influence of availability on the relationship between the intentions of consumers and their actual purchasing behaviour.

Design/methodology/approach

A survey with 236 consumers of organic food in Saudi Arabia was carried out. The convergent and discriminant validity of latent variables was confirmed. The relationships among them were tested using Partial Least Square Modelling (PLS).

Findings

The results indicate that utilitarian and hedonic values, trust and subjective norms positively affect consumer purchase intention. They also reveal the moderating effect of availability on the relationship between consumers' purchasing intention and their actual behaviour in the Saudi Arabian context.

Research limitations/implications

The study contributes to knowledge about the relationships among perceived values, trust, subjective norms, availability and consumer purchasing intentions of organic food, and their actual behaviour in an emerging market. The results enlarge the understanding of consumers' purchasing behaviour in the Saudi Arabian organic food market and point out some opportunities for future research.

Originality/value

The study is original in investigating the factors that influence customers' intention and their actual purchasing behaviour toward organic food in Saudi Arabia. It is a first attempt to test the moderating influence of availability on the relationship between purchase intention and actual purchasing behaviour toward organic food products in an emerging market.

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Citation

Mohammed, A.A. (2021), "What motivates consumers to purchase organic food in an emerging market? An empirical study from Saudi Arabia", British Food Journal, Vol. 123 No. 5, pp. 1758-1775. https://doi.org/10.1108/BFJ-07-2020-0599

Publisher

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Emerald Publishing Limited

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