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Consumer Preferences of Sustainability Labeled Cut Roses in Germany

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  • Daniel Berki-Kiss

    () (Chair of Marketing and Management of Biogenic Resources, University of Applied Sciences Weihenstephan-Triesdorf, TUM Campus Straubing, Petersgasse 18, 94315 Straubing, Germany)

  • Klaus Menrad

    () (Chair of Marketing and Management of Biogenic Resources, University of Applied Sciences Weihenstephan-Triesdorf, TUM Campus Straubing, Petersgasse 18, 94315 Straubing, Germany)

Abstract

The study investigated preferences of consumers of food retailing outlets in Germany for sustainability labeled cut roses. A sample of 1201 respondents of an online survey was used to analyze their preferences based on a choice-based conjoint experiment in which a bunch of 10 roses was considered which differed concerning the labeling certificate, country of production of the plants, price, packaging, smell, and blossom size of the roses. Latent class analysis revealed existence of consumer heterogeneity with around two thirds of the respondents being strongly in favor of sustainability labels. Thereby Fairtrade labeled roses got an overall positive assessment whereby organic roses were only preferred by 31% of the respondents. In addition, paper or no packaging, strong smell and uniform big blossom sizes got overall positive consumer evaluations in the experiment. The study concludes that sustainability labeled plants might be an option for producers to append additional value to horticultural products in Germany.

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  • Daniel Berki-Kiss & Klaus Menrad, 2019. "Consumer Preferences of Sustainability Labeled Cut Roses in Germany," Sustainability, MDPI, Open Access Journal, vol. 11(12), pages 1-19, June.
  • Handle: RePEc:gam:jsusta:v:11:y:2019:i:12:p:3358-:d:240649
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    Keywords

    sustainability labels; cut roses; consumer heterogeneity; choice-based conjoint experiment;
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    JEL classification:

    • Q - Agricultural and Natural Resource Economics; Environmental and Ecological Economics
    • Q0 - Agricultural and Natural Resource Economics; Environmental and Ecological Economics - - General
    • Q2 - Agricultural and Natural Resource Economics; Environmental and Ecological Economics - - Renewable Resources and Conservation
    • Q3 - Agricultural and Natural Resource Economics; Environmental and Ecological Economics - - Nonrenewable Resources and Conservation
    • Q5 - Agricultural and Natural Resource Economics; Environmental and Ecological Economics - - Environmental Economics
    • Q56 - Agricultural and Natural Resource Economics; Environmental and Ecological Economics - - Environmental Economics - - - Environment and Development; Environment and Trade; Sustainability; Environmental Accounts and Accounting; Environmental Equity; Population Growth
    • O13 - Economic Development, Innovation, Technological Change, and Growth - - Economic Development - - - Agriculture; Natural Resources; Environment; Other Primary Products

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