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How different are GM food accepters and rejecters really? A means-end chains application to yogurt in Germany

Boecker, A., Hartl, J. and Nocella, G. (2008) How different are GM food accepters and rejecters really? A means-end chains application to yogurt in Germany. Food Quality and Preference, 19 (4). pp. 383-394. ISSN 0950-3293

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Abstract/Summary

The purpose of the paper is to identify and describe differences in cognitive structures between consumer segments with differing levels of acceptance of genetically modified (GM) food. Among a sample of 60 mothers three segments are distinguished with respect to purchase intentions for GM yogurt: non-buyers, maybe-buyers and likely-buyers. A homogeneity test for the elicited laddering data suggests merging maybe- and likely-buyers, yielding two segments termed accepters and rejecters. Still, overlap between the segments’ cognitive structures is considerable, in particular with respect to a health focus in the evaluation of perceived consequences and ambivalence in technology assessment. Distinct differences are found in the assessment of benefits offered by GM food and the importance of values driving product evaluation and thus purchase decisions.

Item Type:Article
Refereed:Yes
Divisions:Faculty of Life Sciences > School of Agriculture, Policy and Development > Economic and Social Sciences Division > Food Economics and Marketing (FEM)
ID Code:19103
Uncontrolled Keywords:Mean-end chain; Laddering; Values; Risk perception; Benefit perception; Genetically modified foods; Consumer acceptance
Publisher:Elsevier

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