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Facilitating healthy choice at the point of sale: fine-tuning nutrition labels versus editing choice?

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  • Aschemann-Witzel, Jessica
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    Obesity rates in Europe have lead to a debate on what factors influence consumers’ in-store food choices most. This study aims to assess the contribution of nutrition labels against the impact of choice sets to facilitating healthy decision-making. Different front-of-pack labeling formats were implemented on products that were presented to representative consumer samples. Choice sets and product categories were systematically varied. The results indicate that nutrition information in general contribute only little, while extending choice sets with healthier product alternatives of the same category – i.e., ‘choice editing’ – largely contributes to healthy decision-making.

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    Paper provided by Agricultural and Applied Economics Association in its series 2012 AAEA/EAAE Food Environment Symposium, May 30-31, Boston, MA with number 122731.

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    Date of creation: 2012
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    Handle: RePEc:ags:aaeafe:122731

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    Keywords: Food Consumption/Nutrition/Food Safety;

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    1. Keith Wilcox & Beth Vallen & Lauren Block & Gavan J. Fitzsimons, 2009. "Vicarious Goal Fulfillment: When the Mere Presence of a Healthy Option Leads to an Ironically Indulgent Decision," Journal of Consumer Research, University of Chicago Press, vol. 36(3), pages 380 - 393.
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