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

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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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  • Aschemann-Witzel, Jessica, 2012. "Facilitating healthy choice at the point of sale: fine-tuning nutrition labels versus editing choice?," 2012 AAEA/EAAE Food Environment Symposium, May 30-31, Boston, MA 122731, Agricultural and Applied Economics Association.
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    1. Golan, Elise H. & Kuchler, Fred & Mitchell, Lorraine, 2000. "Economics Of Food Labeling," Agricultural Economics Reports 34069, United States Department of Agriculture, Economic Research Service.
    2. Jordan Louviere, 2006. "What You Don’t Know Might Hurt You: Some Unresolved Issues in the Design and Analysis of Discrete Choice Experiments," Environmental & Resource Economics, Springer;European Association of Environmental and Resource Economists, vol. 34(1), pages 173-188, May.
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    Food Consumption/Nutrition/Food Safety;

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