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Perception of traditional food products in six European regions using free word association

Abstract : A total of 721 consumers were interviewed in order to obtain and compare consumer-driven associations to the word ‘‘Traditional”, in a food context, in six European regions. Participants, who were individually interviewed, had to state the first words that came into their mind when the word ‘‘Traditional” was verbally presented. Frequencies of occurrence of associations were obtained and analysed by means of simple correspondence analysis. The different word associations obtained were classified in 55 classes and then grouped in ten principal dimensions by triangulation. In general, southern European regions tended to associate the concept of ‘‘Traditional” more frequently with broad concepts such as heritage, culture or history. Central and Nordic European regions tended to focus mainly on practical issues such as convenience, health or appropriateness. As a final outcome of the analyses, a consensus conceptual map of traditional food products was obtained. The empirical findings of this qualitative exploratory free word association test provide valuable insights for product positioning, innovation and new developments in the traditional food market.
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Luis Guerrero, Anna Claret, Wim Verbeke, Géraldine Enderli, Sylvia Zakowska-Biemans, et al.. Perception of traditional food products in six European regions using free word association. Food Quality and Preference, 2010, 21 (2), pp.225-233. ⟨10.1016/j.foodqual.2009.06.003⟩. ⟨hal-00761501⟩



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