Consumer wants and use of ingredient and nutrition information for alcoholic drinks: A cross-cultural study in six EU countries Food Quality and Preference

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In the EU, alcoholic beverages are exempt from Regulation 1169/2011 on the provision of food information to
consumers (FIC) that requires food labels to contain both ingredient information and information on key nutrients. We investigate to which extent consumers want and use information on ingredients and nutritional
characteristics of alcoholic drinks from a range of off-label information sources. We also investigate how wants
and use are affected by product involvement, health interest, and previous knowledge on ingredients and nutritional characteristics of alcoholic drinks. Data are collected by means of an online survey in six European
countries (Denmark, n = 787; Germany, n = 993; Netherlands, n = 934; Poland, n = 1003; Spain, n = 810;
UK, n = 868). Results of a Partial Least Squares analysis indicate that both information wants and information
use are mainly determined by product involvement and to a lesser extent by health interest. Previous ingredient
knowledge lowers information wants and use, whereas previous nutrition knowledge increases it. Average levels
of information wants and use differ between the six countries, with the highest levels in Spain and the lowest in
Denmark and the Netherlands. The results have implications for both marketers of alcoholic drinks and for
policies regarding information provision.
Original languageEnglish
JournalFood Quality and Preference
Pages (from-to)107-118
Number of pages12
Publication statusPublished - 2018

    Research areas

  • Alcoholic drinks, Consumer information search, Cross-cultural, Ingredient information, Nutrition information

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