Responses to different positioning strategies for unfamiliar food among food neophobics and neophilics

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Abstract

Considering the relevance of product positioning for a new food product on its potential acceptance by consumers, this paper reports the results of an experiment conducted to test how food neophobic and food neophilics react to different new food positioning strategies. Two unfamiliar foods were used to examine the impact of three different product positioning strategies that stressed (1) utilitarian benefits, (2) hedonic benefits, and (3) symbolic benefits. The study used a 3 × 2 between-subjects quasi-experimental design (N = 180). The principal finding of the study is that for neophilic consumers, hedonic benefits seem to be significantly more attractive than utilitarian or symbolic benefits when the perceived level of unfamiliarity of the new food is high. For neophobic consumers, results provide partial evidence of more positive reactions to symbolic benefits compared to the other two benefits considered.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)66-70
Number of pages5
JournalFood Quality and Preference
Volume53
DOIs
StatePublished - 1 Oct 2016
Externally publishedYes

Keywords

  • Food neophobia
  • New product positioning
  • Unfamiliar food

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