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Consumer buying behaviour and purchase intention of organic food: a conceptual framework

Neeraj Dangi (Department of Business and Sustainability, TERI School of Advanced Studies, New Delhi, India)
Sandeep Kumar Gupta (School of Management and Entrepreneurship, Shiv Nadar University, Greater Noida, India)
Sapna A. Narula (School of Management Studies, Nalanda University, Rajgir, India) (Department of Business and Sustainability, TERI School of Advanced Studies, New Delhi, India)

Management of Environmental Quality

ISSN: 1477-7835

Article publication date: 14 August 2020

Issue publication date: 16 October 2020

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Abstract

Purpose

The paper aims to investigate existing research in factors impacting organic food purchase with special reference to eco-labels and identify the relative influence of various determinants.

Design/methodology/approach

A conceptual framework is proposed of organic food buying behaviour after analysing a sample of 154,072 consumers reported in 91 research studies from 2001–2020. The factors are categorised into four categories on the basis of relatedness. In addition, the factors were analysed based on time, region and national economic status.

Findings

The impact of consumer psychographics, socio-demographic and product-related factor categories were found to be more pronounced compared to supply-related factor category. The results show that among individual factors like health concern, environment concern, knowledge and awareness, eco-labels and price followed by trust in organic food are the most important factors in organic food purchase. The findings suggest that eco-labels increase trust in organic food by reducing information asymmetry in consumers. However, there were differences in perception and factors importance between high-income economies and emerging economies.

Originality/value

The study is unique, as it analyses secondary research based on criteria of high-income economies and emerging economies. The conceptual framework can also be incorporated further into different cognitive models like the theory of planned behaviour.

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Citation

Dangi, N., Gupta, S.K. and Narula, S.A. (2020), "Consumer buying behaviour and purchase intention of organic food: a conceptual framework", Management of Environmental Quality, Vol. 31 No. 6, pp. 1515-1530. https://doi.org/10.1108/MEQ-01-2020-0014

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Emerald Publishing Limited

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