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Understanding consumer interest in product and process-based attributes for fresh produce

  • Craig A. Bond

    (Department of Agricultural and Resource Economics, Colorado State University, Fort Collins, CO 80523)

  • Dawn Thilmany

    (Department of Agricultural and Resource Economics, Colorado State University, Fort Collins, CO 80523)

  • Jennifer Keeling Bond

    (Department of Agricultural and Resource Economics, Colorado State University, Fort Collins, CO 80523)

The choices consumers make about fresh produce, such as where it is purchased and what they are willing to pay, are likely influenced by a range of private and public attributes. This study uses factor and cluster analysis techniques to explore the preferences of consumers who responded to a 2006 national survey to determine the dimensions over which consumers make purchasing decisions and to identify key market segments. Analysis is based on a variety of survey questions relating to preferences for various fresh produce traits and process attributes, as well as willingness to pay for a subset of these attributes. We find that although there is only a small degree of correlation between tested variables, four consumer clusters can be identified as market segments: Urban, Assurance Seekers, Price Conscious Consumers, Quality and Safety Consumers, and Personal Value Buyers. Each cluster values both private and public attributes, though with differing intensities and focus. [EconLit citations: Q130, D120]. © 2008 Wiley Periodicals, Inc.

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Article provided by John Wiley & Sons, Ltd. in its journal Agribusiness.

Volume (Year): 24 (2008)
Issue (Month): 2 ()
Pages: 231-252

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