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Consumer Behavior towards Regional Eco-Labels in Slovakia

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Department of Environmental Management, Faculty of Natural Sciences, Matej Bel University, 97401 Banská Bystrica, Slovakia
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Department of Process and Environmental Engineering, Faculty of Mechanical Engineering, Technical University of Košice, Letná 9, 04200 Košice, Slovakia
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Department of Fire Engineering, Faculty of Security Engineering, University of Žilina, Univerzitná 1, 01026 Žilina, Slovakia
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Slovak Hydrometeorological Institute, Jeséniova 17, 83315 Bratislava, Slovakia
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European Science and Research Institute, A. Hlinku 29, 96001 Zvolen, Slovakia
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Sustainability 2020, 12(12), 5146; https://doi.org/10.3390/su12125146
Received: 30 May 2020 / Revised: 18 June 2020 / Accepted: 22 June 2020 / Published: 24 June 2020
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Food Choice and Consumer Preferences)
Slovakia, as part of the European Union, participates in all forms of regional development and sustainability. A transparent form of regional development and sustainability is regional labeling, which has a 10-year tradition. Our regions represent excellent potential for the development of domestic products. Acceptance of essential requirements for regional products (domestic raw materials, manual work share, respect for the environment) opens up opportunities for the labor market, promotes tourism, and increases citizens’ purchase ability, none of which are clearly demonstrable in Slovak regions. Residents of individual regions have specific approaches in relation to regional brands depending on the region studied. For the purpose of the survey, four regions of southern Slovakia (with common environmental morphology and different industrial development) were selected. Indicators of age, gender, education, monthly income, and location relative to regional product preferences were studied. The results obtained were processed by cluster analysis (as a way of segmenting consumers). An average conscious purchaser of regional products is a local productive middle-aged person with a secondary or tertiary education, either male or female, and from a more economically advanced region. The results show regional branding as a mobilizing function for connecting inhabitants and the subsequent joint presentation of regional activities. View Full-Text
Keywords: regional development; eco-labels; consumers; sustainability; food products regional development; eco-labels; consumers; sustainability; food products
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Jaďuďová, J.; Badida, M.; Badidová, A.; Marková, I.; Ťahúňová, M.; Hroncová, E. Consumer Behavior towards Regional Eco-Labels in Slovakia. Sustainability 2020, 12, 5146.

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