Country-wise differences in perception of health-related messages in cereal-based food products

A. Saba, M. Vassallo, R. Shepherd, P. Lampila, A. Arvola, Moira Dean, M. Winkelmann, E. Claupein, L. Lahteenmaki

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The objective of the present study was to explore the impact of health-related messages on the perceived overall healthiness and consumers' likelihood to buy cereal-based products or non-cereal products containing beneficial compounds from grains, across four European countries. The data were collected from a sample of 2392 members of the public in Finland, Germany, Italy and the UK. The results from a conjoint task with a main effects additive model were reported. In general, the presence of a verbal health claim on foods had positive influence on respondents perception of healthiness and on likelihood to buy the products, whereas the pictorial health claims were found to have a weak influence on the two dependent variables. However, the findings showed that health-related information on food labels differently influenced the healthiness perception and the likelihood to buy the product across the four countries, suggesting that different cultures, traditions, and eating habits have to be taken into account before positioning cereal-based products containing beneficial compounds from grains on the market. (C) 2009 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)385-393
Number of pages9
JournalFood quality and preference
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - Jun 2010

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Food Science
  • Nutrition and Dietetics

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