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Investigating the effects of product innovation and ingredient branding strategies on brand equity of food products

Abhilash Ponnam (Department of Marketing, IFHE University, Hyderabad, India)
Sreejesh S (Department of Marketing, IFHE University, Hyderabad, India)
M.S. Balaji (Department of Marketing, Taylor's Business School, Taylor's University, Subang Jaya, Malaysia.)

British Food Journal

ISSN: 0007-070X

Publication date: 2 February 2015

Abstract

Purpose

Ingredient branding (IB) strategy and incremental product innovation (IPI) strategy are frequently used complementary strategies in food product marketing to build brand equity. The purpose of this paper is to assist managers in choosing between both the strategies based upon two governing criteria namely the involvement level of the product category and the level of parent brand equity.

Design/methodology/approach

The study utilized an experimental design approach. A 2 (product involvement: high vs low)×2 (parent brand equity: high vs low)×2 (attribute strategy: IB vs IPI) balanced, completely randomized factorial design was set up to test the hypotheses.

Findings

Findings suggest that IB strategy should be preferred when the product category is perceived as low involvement or when parent brand equity of the brand is low. The IPI strategy should be preferred when the parent brand equity is high. Either of strategies may be favored in case of high involvement products.

Practical implications

The study provides guidance to product managers in choosing between IB and IPI in devising food product development and marketing strategies.

Originality/value

This study is the first of its kind which attempts to compare and contrast between tangible and intangible augmentation strategies to build brand equity.

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Citation

Ponnam, A., S, S. and Balaji, M.S. (2015), "Investigating the effects of product innovation and ingredient branding strategies on brand equity of food products", British Food Journal, Vol. 117 No. 2, pp. 523-537. https://doi.org/10.1108/BFJ-12-2013-0376

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Emerald Group Publishing Limited

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