Special Issue "Individual Determinants of Food Choice in a New Decade"
Deadline for manuscript submissions: 25 September 2021.
Interests: application of fast sensory profiling techniques for food products; dynamic profiling; food-evoked emotions and food choice criteria
In recent decades, rapid changes in diets and lifestyles have occurred with industrialization, urbanization, economic development, and market globalization, with those drivers promoting the acculturation process of diet Westernization among other cultures/countries, namely toward upper-to middle-income developing economies, but also in populations having rich and deeply rooted culinary traditions, such as Japan or Southern European countries. Food consumption, in fact, has seen the rise of different and contrasting trends: globalization pushing towards a homogenization of tastes and a standardization of consumption models, and market niches emerging which are characterized by a greater sensitivity to quality, intended as organoleptic properties, healthiness, and respect for the natural and cultural environment of the production territories, and even pushing the boundaries for novel and alternative food/protein sources, with a strong view on sustainability. In the present moment, the world is experiencing great turmoil due to the worldwide pressures and tensions created by the COVID-19 pandemic that force consumers to change their habits and even re-shape the supply chain, creating a global change from farm to fork.
Food choice is a complex behavior influenced by many interrelating factors, as consumers are faced with several factors every time decisions about food are made. These factors may be categorized as those related to food, the individual making the choice, and the external economic and social environment within which the choice is made. Within the limitations of dietary domains, the individual food choice is most often concerned with the more immediate aspects, such as sensory attributes, convenience, wellbeing, self-expression, variety, and monetary constraints, i.e., the cost of the product against the income, and sustainability.
This Special Issue intends to be the union of multidisciplinary areas of knowledge, in order to understand the main individual food choice drivers, among consumers from different cultures, particularly under the scope of the current factors affecting the food system and shaping food choice during this decade. For this, the editors are looking for high-quality research and practical initiatives which investigate drivers of food choice.
Prof. Dr. Luís Miguel Cunha
Dr. Ana Pinto de Moura
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- Individual food choice determinants
- New and novel ingredients (insects, algae, vegetable protein, by-product upscaling)
- Health and wellbeing
- Risk perception
- New consumer lifestyles