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The Effect of Ethnocentrism on Product Evaluation and Purchase Intention: The Case of Extra Virgin Olive Oil (EVOO)

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Department of Business Administration, Faculty of Social Science, Castilla-La Mancha University, Av. Real Fabrica de Seda, Talavera de la Reina, 45600 Toledo, Spain
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Department of Business Administration, Faculty of Legal and Social Sciences, Castilla-La Mancha University, San Pedro Martir, 45001 Toledo, Spain
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Department of Spanish and International Economics, Econometrics and Economic History and Institutions, Faculty of Legal and Social Sciences, Castilla-La Mancha University, San Pedro Martir, 45001 Toledo, Spain
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Academic Editors: Luigi Roselli and Maria Pilar Martinez-Ruiz
Sustainability 2021, 13(9), 4744; https://doi.org/10.3390/su13094744
Received: 8 February 2021 / Revised: 19 April 2021 / Accepted: 21 April 2021 / Published: 23 April 2021
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Sustainable Food Management and Marketing)
This study is framed within the concept of sustainability of local foods such as extra virgin olive oil (EVOO) and considers the effects of country of origin (COO) and ethnocentrism as relevant factors in decision making about product choice. Our work contributes to the literature regarding the food industry with the main objective of investigating how consumer ethnocentrism may affect not only behavioral intention but also the perception of the quality of the EVOO. The authors of the present paper developed this line of research via a review of the existing literature, leading to the elaboration of the conceptual model proposed in this paper. The research was developed through a laboratory experiment and the modeling of consumer behavior, raising a series of hypotheses, which were contrasted following the different analyses conducted on the data. Results were obtained on factors such as the differences in evaluation according to label type, the effect of ethnocentrism on perception and purchase intention, and structural knowledge of the weight of the different variables that influence this decision making. Several guidelines and conclusions are derived from these results, which refer to the use of COO information as well as the satisfaction of consumer ethnocentrism. Understanding the role played by consumer ethnocentrism in the evaluation of food products in accordance with their origin may yield useful information for local food producers. View Full-Text
Keywords: sustainable food; EVOO; country of origin; consumer ethnocentrism; quality attributes; purchase intention sustainable food; EVOO; country of origin; consumer ethnocentrism; quality attributes; purchase intention
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Blazquez-Resino, J.J.; Gutierrez-Broncano, S.; Jimenez-Estevez, P.; Perez-Jimenez, I.R. The Effect of Ethnocentrism on Product Evaluation and Purchase Intention: The Case of Extra Virgin Olive Oil (EVOO). Sustainability 2021, 13, 4744. https://doi.org/10.3390/su13094744

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Blazquez-Resino JJ, Gutierrez-Broncano S, Jimenez-Estevez P, Perez-Jimenez IR. The Effect of Ethnocentrism on Product Evaluation and Purchase Intention: The Case of Extra Virgin Olive Oil (EVOO). Sustainability. 2021; 13(9):4744. https://doi.org/10.3390/su13094744

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Blazquez-Resino, Juan J., Santiago Gutierrez-Broncano, Pedro Jimenez-Estevez, and Israel R. Perez-Jimenez 2021. "The Effect of Ethnocentrism on Product Evaluation and Purchase Intention: The Case of Extra Virgin Olive Oil (EVOO)" Sustainability 13, no. 9: 4744. https://doi.org/10.3390/su13094744

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