How label and nutritional claims affect consumers’ acceptance, buying intention and quality perception toward a beverage made from cashew nut

Marina Cabral Rebouças (Department of Food Engineering, Universidade Federal do Ceara – Campus do Pici, Fortaleza, Brazil)
Maria do Carmo Passos Rodrigues (Department of Food Engineering, Universidade Federal do Ceara – Campus do Pici, Fortaleza, Brazil)
Silvia Maria de Freitas (Department of Statistics and Applied Mathematics, Universidade Federal do Ceara – Campus do Pici, Fortaleza, Brazil)

Nutrition & Food Science

ISSN: 0034-6659

Publication date: 26 June 2019

Abstract

Purpose

The purpose of this paper is to evaluate the influence of the front of a package label and the nutritional claims linked to it over consumers’ expectations as to acceptance, purchase attitude and perception of quality characteristics of a new functional beverage made from cashew nut milk and added with mango juice and prebiotic substances.

Design/methodology/approach

Three versions of the front label were developed, which differed just by the type of nutritional claim presented (“0per cent lactose and 0 per cent cholesterol; 0 per cent lactose, 0 per cent cholesterol and source of fibers, 0 per cent lactose, 0 per cent cholesterol and antioxidants”) and were evaluated in two phases, expectation and informed. For the evaluation, consumers used a multi-attribute scale, the nine-point hedonic scale and a nine-point semi-structured buying attitude scale.

Findings

The labels created a positive expectation on the consumers regarding the quality attributes, overall impression (mean = 6.0 “Like slightly”) and buying attitude (mean = 6.0 “Would probably buy”). After tasting the beverage associated with labels (informed phase), consumers kept a positive evaluation. The t-test performed between the pair of means of both phases showed that there has not been a significant difference regarding the quality attributes (p > 0.05), special, attractive, nutritive, healthy and buying attitude (Label 1, p = 0.26; Label 2, p = 0.18; Label 3, p = 0.26) in all labels.

Originality/value

The authors evaluated how the influence of label and nutritional claims in regards to a new product, a beverage made from cashew nut, affects its acceptance, buying attitude and characteristics of quality. Until this moment, there are no studies that evaluate how external attributes affect the acceptance of this beverage totally unique in the Brazilian market.

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Citation

Rebouças, M., Rodrigues, M. and Freitas, S. (2019), "How label and nutritional claims affect consumers’ acceptance, buying intention and quality perception toward a beverage made from cashew nut", Nutrition & Food Science, Vol. ahead-of-print No. ahead-of-print. https://doi.org/10.1108/NFS-11-2018-0309

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