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Halal food credence: do the Malaysian non-Muslim consumers hesitate?

Mas Wahyu Wibowo (Faculty of Economics and Business, Universitas Mercu Buana, Jakarta Barat, Indonesia)
Dudi Permana (Faculty of Economics and Business, Universitas Mercu Buana, Jakarta Barat, Indonesia)
Ali Hanafiah (Faculty of Economics and Business, Universitas Mercu Buana, Jakarta Barat, Indonesia)
Fauziah Sh Ahmad (Azman Hashim International Business School, Universiti Teknologi Malaysia, Johor Bahru, Malaysia)
Hiram Ting (Faculty of Hospitality and Tourism Research, USCI University – Sarawak Campus, Kuching, Malaysia)

Journal of Islamic Marketing

ISSN: 1759-0833

Article publication date: 25 May 2020

Abstract

Purpose

The purpose of this paper is to introduce the variable of halal food knowledge (HFK) into the theory of planned behavior framework to investigate Malaysian non-Muslim consumers’ decision-making process in purchasing halal food.

Design/methodology/approach

Data were collected through 350 distributed questionnaires toward non-Muslim consumers on five most visited grocery stores (hypermarket-based) in Kuala Lumpur and Selangor. The collected data was analyzed by using Statistical Package for Social Sciences and SmartPLS.

Findings

Purchasing halal food remain an uneasy task for the non-Muslim consumers, thus rely on their personal evaluation and closest relative’s approval.

Research limitations/implications

This study is focusing only on two halal food credence attributes namely health attribute and animal-friendly attributes.

Practical implications

Both health and animal friendly credence attributes of halal food should be the main message to be conveyed to the non-Muslim consumers. In addition, the inclusion of non-Muslim consumers within the Malaysian halal ecosystem might provide a solution to tackle the resistance of halal food from foreign countries.

Originality/value

The value of this study is the finding of halal food credence attributes of health and animal friendly, which are the dimensions of HFK.

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Citation

Wibowo, M.W., Permana, D., Hanafiah, A., Ahmad, F.S. and Ting, H. (2020), "Halal food credence: do the Malaysian non-Muslim consumers hesitate?", Journal of Islamic Marketing, Vol. ahead-of-print No. ahead-of-print. https://doi.org/10.1108/JIMA-01-2020-0013

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Emerald Publishing Limited

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