Food reputation impacts on consumer's food choice

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Purpose: Reputation is conceptualised as the believed effects that any social agent (ranging from a person to a company to a country) can have. Food reputation is beliefs about the effects of food on its consumers. On the basis of a multidimensional construct for food reputation derived from qualitative and correlational studies, this paper aims to test four hypotheses about food reputation dimensions' effects on consumers' food choices. Design/methodology/approach: A multi-attribute, multi-step choice experiment was carried out using a "phased narrowing" procedure. The procedure is based on eight product choices, using four reputation dimensions as manipulated attributes (duration, identity-territoriality, social and environmental responsibility, psycho-physiological well-being); this is replicated on one drink and one food product. Findings: A pilot study (n=50) checked the manipulation of the four reputation dimensions. ANOVA (n=118) showed the impact of the manipulated reputation features in the food choice process, especially in the final decision-making phase. Originality/value: The results confirm that food reputation features impact consumer choice, detailing the relative importance of different reputation features according to choice phase, product category, and individual characteristics.

Original languageEnglish
JournalCorporate Communications
Issue number4
Pages (from-to)462-482
Number of pages21
Publication statusPublished - 1 Oct 2012
Externally publishedYes

    Research areas

  • Buying behaviour, Choice, Communication, Consumer, Consumer behaviour, Food, Marketing, Reputation

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