Consumer preferences for the origin of ingredients and the brand types in the organic baby food market

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dc.contributor.author Lonca, Franck
dc.date.accessioned 2010-12-23T14:22:11Z
dc.date.available 2010-12-23T14:22:11Z
dc.date.issued 2010-12-23
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/2097/7062
dc.description.abstract This study investigates consumers’ preferences for organic baby meals. The growth of the U.S organic industry has been notable during the last two decades. The U.S. organic farmers do not produce enough quantity to meet the increasing U.S demand for organic food, and increasingly more organic foods are manufactured from organic ingredients produced outside the U.S. Tensions have emerged in the organic sectors as large-scale companies have seized opportunities to sell products differentiated with the organic label. The study aimed to estimate U.S. consumers’ willingness to pay (WTP) for selected attributes (type of brand, production attributes, and origin of ingredients) of baby meal products using a choice-based conjoint analysis. The organic offerings represent a nontrivial share of this market. In recent years, offerings under store brands have also been increasing. The study identified that consumers preferred a major national brand with a large market share such as Gerber (80%) to the other types of brands including store brands. In terms of product characteristics, pesticide free and non-GMO products were seen as consumers’ top priorities. Consumers would not buy products that did not exhibit these two characteristics. Minimally processed products seemed not to matter for the majority of consumers, and these products (sold frozen) were expected to be a niche market. Besides, a product made with U.S ingredients (organically or non-organically grown) was associated with a higher utility. Firms can run a cost-benefit analysis to see if sourcing U.S. ingredients could increase profit. Running experimental auctions are recommended to firms that want to elicit WTP for U.S grown ingredients and implement an efficient marketing strategy. This study is a preliminary analysis that highlighted consumers’ preferences in the baby food market, and future analysis would complement the findings. en_US
dc.description.sponsorship USDA NIFA Agriculture and Food Research Initiative (project #KS600824) en_US
dc.language.iso en_US en_US
dc.publisher Kansas State University en
dc.subject baby food en_US
dc.subject organic industry en_US
dc.subject choice experiment en_US
dc.subject consumer demand en_US
dc.title Consumer preferences for the origin of ingredients and the brand types in the organic baby food market en_US
dc.type Thesis en_US
dc.description.degree Master of Science en_US
dc.description.level Masters en_US
dc.description.department Department of Agricultural Economics en_US
dc.description.advisor Hikaru H. Peterson en_US
dc.subject.umi Economics, Agricultural (0503) en_US
dc.date.published 2010 en_US
dc.date.graduationmonth December en_US

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