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Application of health and taste attitude scales in Serbia

Aleksandar Grubor (Department of Trade, Marketing and Logistics, University of Novi Sad, Subotica, Serbia)
Nenad Djokic (Department of Trade, Marketing and Logistics, University of Novi Sad, Subotica, Serbia)
Ines Djokic (Department of Trade, Marketing and Logistics, University of Novi Sad, Subotica, Serbia)
Ruzica Kovac-Znidersic (Department of Trade, Marketing and Logistics, University of Novi Sad, Subotica, Serbia)

British Food Journal

ISSN: 0007-070X

Article publication date: 2 February 2015

Abstract

Purpose

Consumers’ attitudes, especially their attitudes towards health and taste, are significant in understanding and predicting dietary behaviour. In this research, Health and Taste Attitude Scales (HTAS) developed by Roininen et al. in 1999 for measuring health and taste attitudes of consumers, were applied in Serbia. The purpose of this paper is to find out whether the same sub-scales can be identified as in HTAS applications abroad, to test the predictive validity of HTAS and to investigate respondents’ health and taste attitudes in the context of their socio-demographic characteristics.

Design/methodology/approach

Primary data were gathered by means of focus groups and a survey – structured personal interviews by using a questionnaire. The research was conducted in July 2013 with 300 respondents participating.

Findings

The same sub-scales were identified in Serbian consumer research as in HTAS applications abroad. Generally, all the Health sub-scales are useful predictors of consumption of several types of food perceived as healthy, while the Taste sub-scales (except Pleasure) are good predictors of consumption of both, food considered as tasty and food considered as not tasty. Out of socio-demographic variables, only age showed statistically significant correlations to some of the Taste sub-scales.

Practical implications

Several recommendations for companies operating on the domestic food market were given in this paper.

Originality/value

The first application of HTAS in Serbia, generally characterized by scarce food consumer research, was shown in this paper. It is also the first application of HTAS in a Southern European country.

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Citation

Grubor, A., Djokic, N., Djokic, I. and Kovac-Znidersic, R. (2015), "Application of health and taste attitude scales in Serbia", British Food Journal, Vol. 117 No. 2, pp. 840-860. https://doi.org/10.1108/BFJ-11-2013-0330

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Emerald Group Publishing Limited

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