Special Issue "Sustainable Consumer Behavior and Food Marketing"
Deadline for manuscript submissions: closed (30 June 2021).
Interests: consumer behavior; food supply chain; decision making in the agri-food sector; corporate social responsibility; innovation management; sustainable food consumption
Interests: consumer behavior; consumer motifs for regional food consumption; consumer perspectives on corporate social responsibility; concepts of sustainable consumer behavior; concepts of consumption reduction/sufficiency
It is a pleasure to invite you to submit original research contributions in the field of sustainable food marketing and consumer behavior. Sustainability is a topic of increasing importance, in particular across all stages along the food supply chain. In order to facilitate sustainability in the supply chain, target 12 of the global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) is especially dedicated to sustainable consumption and production.
Food companies will need to effectively incorporate social responsibility into their business actions. There is a consensus that also individuals need to alter their current consumption patterns to achieve a more sustainable way of living and to reduce impacts on the environment and society.
Beyond individual changes in consumer behavior and along the supply chain, there has been an increasing interest in community-based initiatives and movements (e.g., alternative food networks, community gardens, food sharing). Groupings of people collectively strive to develop practical alternatives that often add to and/or replace existing processes and structures which are incompatible with their visions of a sustainable society.
In times of growing challenges such as climate change, increasing world population and food demand, shortages of arable land, and urbanization, sustainable consumer behavior is of significant importance to achieve the SDGs and climate goals. For this Special Issue, we welcome original submissions that are linked to the following subject areas:
- Marketing for green food products
- Consumer decision-making for sustainable food and beverages
- Communication of sustainability within the food supply chain
- Organic, seasonal, and regional food consumption
- Corporate social responsibility in the food supply chain
- Community-based initiatives and movements in the food sector (e.g., food sharing, alternative food networks, community gardens)
- Carbon-friendly consumer behavior within the food domain (e.g., reduction of meat consumption and food waste, sufficiency)
- Cross-national aspect of sustainable marketing in the food sector
Assoc. Prof. Oliver Meixner
Prof. Dr. Petra Riefler
Dr. Karin Schanes
- Bangsa, A.B., & Schlegelmilch, B.B. (2019). Linking sustainable product attributes and consumer decision-making: Insights from a systematic review. Journal of Cleaner Production (in press). https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jclepro.2019.118902
- Lunde, M.B. (2018). Sustainability in marketing: a systematic review unifying 20 years of theoretical and substantive contributions (1997–2016) AMS Rev 8 (3-4), 85-110. https://doi.org/10.1007/s13162-018-0124-0
- O’Keefe, L., McLachlan, C., Gough, C., Mander, S., & Bows-Larkin, A. (2016). Consumer responses to a future UK food system. British Food Journal 118 (2), 412-428. https://doi.org/10.1108/BFJ-01-2015-0047
- Olson, E.L. (2013). It’s not easy being green: the effects of attribute tradeoffs on green product preference and choice J. of the Acad. Mark. Sci. 41, 171-184. https://doi.org/10.1007/s11747-012-0305-6
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- consumer behavior
- green products
- climate change
- sustainable food
- community-based initiatives
- food waste reduction
- corporate social responsibility