Department of Management

Liisa Lähteenmäki

Consumer perceptions and expectations for healthy cereal products

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  • M. Dean, Denmark
  • M. M. Raats, Denmark
  • R. Shepherd, Denmark
  • A. Arvola, Denmark
  • Liisa Lähteenmäki
  • A. Saba, Denmark
  • M. Vassallo, Denmark
  • E. Claupein, Denmark
  • M. Winkelmann, Denmark
Using a survey, this study investigated public perceptions relating to different healthy grain foods (bread, pasta and biscuits) and how these perceptions are influenced by gender, nationality, base product (staple vs. fun food), type of health claim (general vs. specific) and people's perceptions associated with different production methods. Two thousand and ninety-four (50.4% women, 49.5% men) members of the public from the UK, Italy, Finland and Germany completed the survey questionnaire. The participants were over 18 years of age and were solely or jointly responsible for the family's grocery shopping. Results confirmed that similar to other functional foods, there were gender and country differences in people's perceptions of benefits relating to functional grain products. Men perceived more benefit in products with specific health claims and women in products with general health claims. However, when it was personally relevant, men's levels of perceived benefit in products with general health claims were equally high as women's. Further, modification of staple foods was perceived as more beneficial than fun foods and people preferred processes such as fortification and traditional cross-breeding to others such as genetic modification. In addition, the differences in perceived benefits between foods with general and specific health claims were largest for staple foods than for hedonistic foods.
Original languageEnglish
JournalJournal of Cereal Science
Pages (from-to)188-196
Number of pages9
Publication statusPublished - 2007
Externally publishedYes

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