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Foods 2018, 7(2), 22; https://doi.org/10.3390/foods7020022

What Are the Main Drivers of Young Consumers Purchasing Traditional Food Products? European Field Research

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Department of Agriculture, Crop Production and Rural Development, University of Thessaly, Volos 38446, Greece
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Department of Planning and Regional Development, University of Thessaly, Pedion Areos, Volos 38333, Greece
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Received: 5 January 2018 / Revised: 8 February 2018 / Accepted: 10 February 2018 / Published: 12 February 2018
(This article belongs to the Section Food Function and Nutrition)
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In this research, the attitude of European young adults (age 18 to 30 years) regarding their consumption of local and traditional products was examined. The survey was conducted on a sample of 836 consumers from seven European countries (Greece, Bulgaria, Romania, Slovenia, Croatia, Denmark and France). Data collection was made by distributing a developed questionnaire through social media and university mail services. Principal Component Analysis (PCA) was used to identify consumer perception comparing the overall sample with two subsets (consumers from Eastern and Western European countries). Six major factors were revealed: consumer behavior, uncertainty about health issues, cost, influence of media and friends and availability in store. Young adults had a positive attitude to local and traditional food products, but they expressed insecurity about health issues. Cost factor had less of an influence on interviewees from Eastern European countries than those from the overall sample (3rd and 5th factor accordingly). Influence of close environment was a different factor in Eastern countries compared to Western ones, for which it was common to see an influence from media. Females and older people (25–30 years old) have fewer doubts about Traditional Food Products, while media have a high influence on consumers’ decisions. The aim of this survey was to identify the consumer profiles of young adults and create different promotion strategies of local and traditional products among the two groups of countries. View Full-Text
Keywords: traditional; local; consumer behavior; Principal Component Analysis traditional; local; consumer behavior; Principal Component Analysis
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Vlontzos, G.; Kyrgiakos, L.; Duquenne, M.N. What Are the Main Drivers of Young Consumers Purchasing Traditional Food Products? European Field Research. Foods 2018, 7, 22.

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