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European consumers attitudes toward ethnic foods: case of date fruits


This study focuses on the perception of ethnic foods by European consumers. The aim of this work is to enrich the literature on the analysis of consumer perception of ethnic foods by focusing on the socio-demographic characteristics of consumers, the possible role played by product attributes, psychographic characteristics, and willingness to pay for these products, specifically date fruits. We surveyed a representative sample of 1123 Italian and French consumers. Using an ordered logit model, we found that, as for any other product, geographical indication, region of production, organic character, and fair trade are attributes that individuals consider in their purchase decisions for ethnic foods. Similarly, country of origin is a source of quality for ethnic foods such as dates. The results reveal that women, more educated individuals, and Generation Z (younger individuals) have a higher willingness to pay for organic, fair trade, and GI-labeled ethnic foods. Finally, this willingness to pay is driven more by product knowledge than by cognitive closeness to the ethnic food.
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Fatima El Hadad-Gauthier, Bleoussi Bernardin Monhoussou, Abdelhakim Hammoudi, Maria Angela Perito. European consumers attitudes toward ethnic foods: case of date fruits. Foods, 2022, 11 (15), pp.2192. ⟨10.3390/foods11152192⟩. ⟨hal-03879642⟩
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