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dc.contributor.authorKoen, Nelene
dc.contributor.authorWentzel-Viljoen, Edelweiss
dc.contributor.authorBlaauw, Reneé
dc.identifier.citationKoen, N. et al. 2018. Price rather than nutrition information the main influencer of consumer food purchasing behaviour in South Africa: a qualitative study. International journal of consumer studies, 42(4):409-418. []en_US
dc.identifier.issn1470-6431 (Online)
dc.description.abstractIn South Africa there has been a paucity of data on food and nutrition labelling since the publication of the new food‐labelling legislation. This study aimed to explore whether the nutrition information on food products influences consumer purchasing behaviour; reasons for reading or ignoring nutrition information on labels, and to investigate expectations regarding food / nutrition labelling. Nine focus‐group discussions were held with adult consumers (N=67) in Cape Town, South Africa. Food price was sometimes the only consideration when selecting food products, irrespective of quality and nutritional value. When buying products for the first time, consumers were more inclined to read the nutrition information compared to habitual purchases or buying known brands. The list of ingredients, nutrient content claims and specific health endorsement logos were considered important. Reasons for reading nutrition information were mainly to assess the nutritional value or health properties, to avoid certain ingredients/allergens and to determine quality. Consumers struggled to understand the information on labels, specifically the nutrition information table. A lack of time or interest, price concerns and trust in labelling information also emerged as reasons why consumers ignore the nutrition information. There is a need for simpler food labelling, more graphics, and less complex terminology, information overload and quantitative information. It is recommended that a standardised front‐of‐package labelling scheme and a single health endorsement logo for South Africa be considered. More should be done to educate consumers on utilising the information on food labels correctly, in order for them to make healthier food choicesen_US
dc.subjectFood labellingen_US
dc.subjectPurchasing behaviouren_US
dc.subjectSouth Africaen_US
dc.titlePrice rather than nutrition information the main influencer of consumer food purchasing behaviour in South Africa: a qualitative studyen_US
dc.contributor.researchID10998497 - Wentzel-Viljoen, Edelweiss

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