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Food Purchasing Behaviors of a Remote and Rural Adult Solomon Islander Population

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School of Health and Sport Sciences ML41, University of the Sunshine Coast, Locked bag 4, Maroochydore DC, Queensland 4558, Australia
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Australian Centre for Pacific Islands Research, University of the Sunshine Coast, Locked bag 4, Maroochydore DC, Queensland 4558, Australia
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School of Natural Resources and Applied Sciences, Solomon Islands National University, Honiara, Solomon Islands
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The Hilltop Training Institute, Auki, Malaita, Solomon Islands
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Foods 2019, 8(10), 464; https://doi.org/10.3390/foods8100464
Received: 2 September 2019 / Revised: 24 September 2019 / Accepted: 8 October 2019 / Published: 10 October 2019
The aim of this study was to investigate the food purchasing behaviors of an adult Solomon Islander population within a transitioning food system in Auki, Malaita. Food purchasing behavior measures included; venue type and transportation for purchasing food, previous day expenditure on food purchases, number of weekly shopping experiences for store foods (generally long-life shelf and frozen items) and fresh foods (such as fruits and vegetables and fresh fish) and the importance of factors (i.e., price) on purchasing decisions. One hundred and thirty-three adults (aged 18 to 74 years; female: 63%, males: 37%) completed an interviewer administered questionnaire during December 2018. Food items were primarily sourced from Auki markets (n = 70) and stores (n = 40). Food purchasing differed between fresh and semi-perishable foods (store food). Participants reported similar shopping experiences for store food and fresh food (M = 3.87 and M = 3.25 times a week, respectively) and spending between $1 and $200 (M = $56.12) Solomon Island dollars on food in the previous day. The most reported purchased item was white rice (n = 117, 88%), with taste, freshness and family preference the most important factors reported as influencing food purchasing choices. While our findings are from a small sample in Auki, further research could build upon this work by investigating food purchasing behaviors at other times of the year, and more widely in the Solomon Islands and greater Pacific region. View Full-Text
Keywords: nutrition; food choice; Pacific Islands; Auki; Malaita nutrition; food choice; Pacific Islands; Auki; Malaita
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Bottcher, C.; Underhill, S.J.R.; Aliakbari, J.; Burkhart, S.J. Food Purchasing Behaviors of a Remote and Rural Adult Solomon Islander Population. Foods 2019, 8, 464.

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