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Record number 405107
Title A consumer segmentation study with regards to genetically modified food in urban China
Author(s) Zhang, X.Y.; Huang, J.K.; Qiu, H.; Huang, Z.
Source Food Policy 35 (2010)5. - ISSN 0306-9192 - p. 456 - 462.
Department(s) LEI Consumer & behaviour
LEI Consument and Behaviour
Publication type Refereed Article in a scientific journal
Publication year 2010
Keyword(s) attitudes - safety - crops
Abstract The objective of this study is to identify the underlying subgroups of Chinese consumers in terms of their perceptions and attitudes toward GM foods. In particular, we address the following specific questions: may researchers segment Chinese urban consumers in terms of their attitudes and perceptions toward GM foods? Are there any relationships between segmented consumer groups and other factors – such as their exposure to GM knowledge and socio-demographics? And, what policy implications can be drawn from this research to the future biotech development in China? Based on a large-scale survey data collected by the authors in 2002 and 2003 in 11 cities of China, this research applies consumer research methodologies. The combination of factor and cluster analysis enables us to identify successfully and consistently four Chinese consumer clusters based on their perceptions and attitudes toward GM foods, which include a food safety cluster, a nutritional technologist cluster, a GM skeptic cluster, and a cluster of GM for non-food promoter.
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