Special Issue "Research on Influencing Factors of Food Choice and Food Consumption"

A special issue of Foods (ISSN 2304-8158). This special issue belongs to the section "Sensory and Consumer Sciences".

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 10 August 2021.

Special Issue Editor

Prof. Dr. Maggie Geuens
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Guest Editor
Department of Marketing, Innovation and Organisation, Faculty of Economics and Business Administration, Ghent University, Tweekerkenstraat 2, 9000 Ghent, Belgium
Interests: food; health; decision making; branding; marketing communications

Special Issue Information

Current food environments allow consumers to eat whatever and whenever they want. As a consequence, many consumers struggle to resist the temptation of palatable food and eat more and more often than they should, resulting in huge overweight and obesity figures worldwide. Consumers’ food choice and food consumption is driven by a multitude of factors. Four important categories of determinants are: (1) personal factors, referring to, for example, food knowledge, cooking skills, lifestyle, goals and self-control; (2) social factors such as parental style, household eating habits, impact of social media and influencers; (3) product-related factors including product attributes, packaging, labels, pricing, branding, and communication-related aspects; and (4) situational factors involving (healthy) food availability, time pressure, store design, food apps and games, and in-store behavioral interventions (nudging).

This Special Issue of Foods invites scholars to submit manuscripts related to individual, social, product-related and/or situational drivers (facilitators or inhibitors) of food choice and food consumption that expands our knowledge in the field of healthy eating behavior. We welcome original research papers as well as reviews and meta-analyses with a focus on food choice and food behavior (rather than on food perceptions or attitudes).

Prof. Dr. Maggie Geuens
Guest Editor

Manuscript Submission Information

Manuscripts should be submitted online at www.mdpi.com by registering and logging in to this website. Once you are registered, click here to go to the submission form. Manuscripts can be submitted until the deadline. All papers will be peer-reviewed. Accepted papers will be published continuously in the journal (as soon as accepted) and will be listed together on the special issue website. Research articles, review articles as well as short communications are invited. For planned papers, a title and short abstract (about 100 words) can be sent to the Editorial Office for announcement on this website.

Submitted manuscripts should not have been published previously, nor be under consideration for publication elsewhere (except conference proceedings papers). All manuscripts are thoroughly refereed through a single-blind peer-review process. A guide for authors and other relevant information for submission of manuscripts is available on the Instructions for Authors page. Foods is an international peer-reviewed open access monthly journal published by MDPI.

Please visit the Instructions for Authors page before submitting a manuscript. The Article Processing Charge (APC) for publication in this open access journal is 2000 CHF (Swiss Francs). Submitted papers should be well formatted and use good English. Authors may use MDPI's English editing service prior to publication or during author revisions.


  • Food choice 
  • Food behavior 
  • Food drivers
  • Food inhibitors 
  • Healthy food 
  • Personal factors 
  • Social factors 
  • Product factors 
  • Situational factors 
  • Behavioral interventions

Published Papers

This special issue is now open for submission.
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