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Consumers perception and evaluation of fresh cut buying attributes: a survey on the Italian market

Bertazzoli, A., Buccioli, N. and Nocella, G. (2005) Consumers perception and evaluation of fresh cut buying attributes: a survey on the Italian market. Journal of Food Products Marketing, 11 (1). pp. 35-55. ISSN 1045-4446

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To link to this item DOI: 10.1300/J038v11n01_03

Abstract/Summary

During the last twenty years, consumer choice in high income countries is no longer merely dictated by price and the organoleptic characteristics of a product, but also by other features some of which are not patently tangible. The growing importance of such attributes in the process of consumer choice is not only due to income increase, but also to changes in lifestyle such as migrations from the countryside, a generalized urbanization and consequential city life style, female emancipation and work outside the domestic walls for women, the drastic decrease in hard physical labor and the process of internationalization. The present survey study aims to explore the importance that Italian consumers give to fresh cut buying attributes and which of these attributes should be taken into consideration by industries in order to satisfy the needs of the most critical shoppers. Where possible, market and survey data for fresh cut products will be compared with those for cooked products and before presenting the results and conclusions of the study, the technical issues of processing will be highlighted owing to the fact that they affect the marketing of these products, the recent market situation with regard to consumption will be illustrated and the methodology used will be described.

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:39788
Publisher:Routledge

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