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Consumer attitudes to organic foods. A Spanish case study/Actitud del consumidor hacia los alimentos orgánicos. Estudio del caso español

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  • DÍAZ DONATE, MÓNICA

    () (Departamento de Producción Vegetal y Tecnología Agraria, UNIVERSIDAD DE CASTILLA-LA MANCHA, ESPAÑA.)

  • BERNABÉU CAÑETE, RODOLFO

    () (Departamento de Producción Vegetal y Tecnología Agraria, UNIVERSIDAD DE CASTILLA-LA MANCHA, ESPAÑA.)

Abstract

The purpose of the present study is to determine the various factors that influence attitudes towards the purchase of organic food. The methodology consisted in a survey of 463 consumers in the Castilla-La Mancha Region who purchased food items for their homes. A multivariate data analysis was carried out by means of Structural Equation Models (SEM), computed with the maximum likelihood method. Attitudes toward the purchase of organic foods are directly related to consumer lifestyle and are influenced by consumers’ attitude towards the environment as well. In this sense, lifestyle and environmental attitudes have a positive influence on the purchase of organic food. El propósito del presente estudio es determinar los diversos factores que influyen en las actitudes de compra de alimentos orgánicos. Para ello se realizó una encuesta a 463 consumidores que compraron alimentos para sus hogares de Castilla-La Mancha. Seguidamente se realizó un análisis multivariante de datos por medio de modelos de ecuaciones estructurales (SEM), calculadas con el método de máxima verosimilitud. Las actitudes hacia la compra de alimentos orgánicos están directamente relacionadas con el estilo de vida de los consumidores y se ven influidos por la actitud de los consumidores hacia el medio ambiente. En este sentido, los estilos de vida y la actitud hacia el medio ambiente tienen una influencia positiva en la compra de alimentos orgánicos.

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  • Díaz Donate, Mónica & Bernabéu Cañete, Rodolfo, 2012. "Consumer attitudes to organic foods. A Spanish case study/Actitud del consumidor hacia los alimentos orgánicos. Estudio del caso español," Estudios de Economía Aplicada, Estudios de Economía Aplicada, vol. 30, pages 755(20)-755, Agosto.
  • Handle: RePEc:lrk:eeaart:30_2_20
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    Keywords

    Consumo; Modelos de Ecuaciones Estructurales; Comportamiento del consumidor; Marketing alimentario ; Consumption; Structural Equation Models; Consumer Behaviour; Food Marketing.;

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    • M31 - Business Administration and Business Economics; Marketing; Accounting; Personnel Economics - - Marketing and Advertising - - - Marketing

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