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Who’s responsible here? US resident perceptions of food retailer social responsibility


  • Widmar, Nicole Olynk
  • Wolf, Christopher A.
  • Morgan, Carissa J.
  • Downey, W. Scott
  • Croney, Candace C.


Perceptions of corporate social responsibility (CSR) for prominent food retailers (Walmart, Costco, Kroger, Target, Trader Joe’s, Whole Foods, and were analyzed through best-worst scaling methodology, which resulted in a relative ranking of perceived CSR for each retailer. Seemingly unrelated regression was used to investigate determinants of CSR rankings by the sample of 299 US residents. Of the retailers included in this analysis, Whole Foods was perceived to be the most socially responsible (37%), followed by Trader Joe’s (16%). Respondent characteristics, including gender, children in household, knowledge of retail food business practices, and familiarity with particular food retailers were determinants of the relative CSR rankings. Understanding relationships between demographics and perceptions of food retailers contributes to understanding consumer preferences and demands, which may inform firm decisions.

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  • Widmar, Nicole Olynk & Wolf, Christopher A. & Morgan, Carissa J. & Downey, W. Scott & Croney, Candace C., 2017. "Who’s responsible here? US resident perceptions of food retailer social responsibility," International Food and Agribusiness Management Review, International Food and Agribusiness Management Association, vol. 22(3), June.
  • Handle: RePEc:ags:ifaamr:288071
    DOI: 10.22004/ag.econ.288071

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    Agribusiness; Food Security and Poverty;


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