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Europeans and Traditional Foods: Definition and Image from the Consumers' Perspective


  • Vanhonacker, Filiep
  • Lengard, V.
  • Guerrero, Luis
  • Scalvedi, L.
  • Raude, J.
  • Zakowska, S.
  • Hersleth, Margrethe
  • Verbeke, Wim


This paper provides a consumer-driven definition of traditional food products (TFP) and investigates the image European consumers have about this food product category. Data were collected from representative consumer samples in six European countries, including Belgium, France, Italy, Norway, Poland and Spain, with a total sample size of 4,828 participants. European consumers define traditional foods as well-know products, products that one can eat very frequently, and products that were already eaten by grandparents. Although positive, association of TFP with naturalness and low processing is less pronounced. Sensory, health- and environment-related attribute perceptions contribute positively to the image of TFP, whereas perceived convenience, price, and availability contribute negatively to the TFP image. Finally, TFP are mainly pictured as foods that agree well with people who love national or regional cuisine, with people living in the countryside, equally so with men and women, though more so with families with children rather than singles or household without children. The empirical findings provide insights with particular relevance for TFP positioning, marketing communications around TFP and further development of the TFP market in Europe.

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  • Vanhonacker, Filiep & Lengard, V. & Guerrero, Luis & Scalvedi, L. & Raude, J. & Zakowska, S. & Hersleth, Margrethe & Verbeke, Wim, 2008. "Europeans and Traditional Foods: Definition and Image from the Consumers' Perspective," 2008 International Congress, August 26-29, 2008, Ghent, Belgium 43542, European Association of Agricultural Economists.
  • Handle: RePEc:ags:eaae08:43542

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    Traditional food; Consumer; Europe; Demand and Price Analysis; Food Consumption/Nutrition/Food Safety;

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