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Soc. Sci. 2019, 8(2), 51; https://doi.org/10.3390/socsci8020051

Introduction of New Food Products in China: Is There a Trend towards Healthier and Safer Products?

Land Economy, Environment and Society Research Group, Scotland’s Rural College (SRUC), Edinburgh EH9 3JG, UK
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Received: 14 January 2019 / Revised: 4 February 2019 / Accepted: 6 February 2019 / Published: 13 February 2019
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The Chinese society has undergone an important transformation in the last 20 years, with changes in lifestyles due to increasing urbanization and rising income levels. The emergence of modern supermarkets, convenience stores, and hypermarkets has run alongside the changes in consumers’ lifestyles, revolutionizing the Chinese food system and the nature of its food supply. Changes in food consumption patterns have also accompanied these shifts. One of the distinguishing aspects of this modern food sector is the continuous introduction of new foods and beverages to the market, and the communication of their associated attributes through labels, in-store displays, and advertising. The purpose of this paper is to explore whether there have been any trends towards the introduction of products with greater health, nutrition, and food safety attributes to help consumers attain healthier diets making trade-offs between purchase options. Results show that there has been a rise in the number of new products in the Chinese food retail sector, particularly branded products introduced mainly by Chinese companies making food safety claims. It is clear, however, that the new food and drink products follow the consumption trends highlighted in the literature, and, therefore, there are low chances that they will positively influence the Chinese diet to an important degree, as they are mainly reinforcing the observed dietary trends. View Full-Text
Keywords: China’s new product development; food supply in China; health and food safety attributes; food security; food science China’s new product development; food supply in China; health and food safety attributes; food security; food science
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