Brand loyalty of cereal products
Mazibuko, Aaron Lekatjo
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The South African breakfast market consists of several brand products for cereal products, and some of the products are produced locally while others are imported. Cereal products are classified under fast moving consumer goods (FMCG). The majority of the cereal products are easy to serve. The following brands are common in South Africa and have been listed according to their popularity with consumers: Kellogg's Corn Flakes, Kellog's Special K, Jungle Oats, Cheerios and Weet Bix. Kellogg's Corn Flakes are made from maize (corn) and provides guidelines daily amounts (GDA) for each of the nutrients. Branding may consist of building an emotional response or cultural response. As consumers are bombarded with a variety of products to meet the same needs, branding provides a way for consumers to reduce their decision-making to consider only those products that they feel are relevant to them or that have met their needs acceptably in the past. If brand loyalty were a random event, there would be no purpose in making it the object of applied scientific enquiry. Verbal reports are insufficient for defining brand loyalty. Such loyalty requires that statements of bias be accompanied by biased purchasing behaviour. The study was conducted to determine factors that influence the consumers to constantly use a particular brand, and prefer it above other cereal products. A literature and empirical study form part of this study. Questionnaires were used as a measuring instrument to determine which factors the consumer considers important in choosing a particular cereal product. Data analysis was done by means of a factor analysis. A brand loyalty framework developed by Moola was used in classifying the brand loyalty influences. To a large extent the research concluded that brand loyalty in the cereal market is similar to that found in bread, coffee and toothpaste (as per mentioned model). However, some differences with regard to the brand loyalty influences have been found. This study did not determine if these differences are related to cereal as FMCG, or the specific consumer market that was analysed.