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Meat Sci. 2013 Mar;93(3):449-54. doi: 10.1016/j.meatsci.2012.11.024. Epub 2012 Nov 15.

Consumers' expected quality and intention to purchase high quality pork meat.

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Department of Agricultural Economics, School of Agriculture, Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, P.O. Box 232, 54124, Thessaloniki, Greece.


Expected quality is believed to be one of the most important factors that influence consumers' intention to purchase food. The present study seeks to explore the concept of pork meat expected quality and compare it with self-stated consumer intention to purchase pork meat. The aim is attempted by means of a field research conducted in Greece, following a conjoint analytic procedure. Results show that quality expectations comply with intention to buy pork, in many aspects. However, several differences have been identified. More specifically, country of origin and marbling appear to be more important for respondents' purchase decisions than they are for their quality evaluations, while the opposite appears to be true for price. Finally, socio-demographic factors such as gender, level of education, place of purchase and consumption habits seem to influence perceptions.

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