The Jungle of Food Labels

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The Jungle of Food Labels

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dc.contributor.author Schytte Andersen, Camilla
dc.contributor.author Nini Eriksen, Johanne
dc.date.accessioned 2013-10-07T08:22:53Z
dc.date.available 2013-10-07T08:22:53Z
dc.date.issued 2013-10-07
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/10417/3895
dc.description.abstract Background: During the last 20 years, the number of consumer labels has exploded resulting in 50 labels in the Danish market place. These labels are intended to make it easier for the Danish consumers to choose the right products, whereby a paradox seems to have arisen between the purpose and the amount of labels. The objective: The increasing amount of labels’ impact must be understood in the light of the consumers’ relationship to these labels. Thus, the objective of this thesis is to achieve an understanding of the Danish consumers’ perceptions and attitudes towards food labels in an individual and sociocultural context. The term food label underlines the thesis’ focus on consumer labels on foods. Philosophical- and theoretical foundation: Social constructivism serves as the scientific foundation of the thesis, whereby hermeneutics and dialectics play a central role. Thus, theories belonging to the interpretive turn of research of consumer behaviour are used to understand the results of our studies. Methods: The thesis is built around a partnership model as we have conducted our studies in corporation with Omnicom Media Group. Through this corporation, we have gained access to the data from a quantitative e-survey and we have participated in the carrying out of 15 qualitative in-depth interviews. Thus, the thesis takes a multi-methodical approach. Findings: The interpretation of the results from the two studies generated four themes. Food labels as a jungle deals with the consumers’ confusion about the amount of labels. Food labels as the bleeding obvious refers to the perception of nutritional food labels as paternalism. Food labels as dogmatism deals with the perception of the red Ø-logo as fake, whereas Food labels as symbols of the conscious consumer refers to the perception of this label as the right thing to buy and as an expression of personal attitudes and convictions. Conclusions and managerial implications: The four themes indicate the multifarious perceptions and attitudes towards food labels. For some consumers, nutritional food labels are perceived as restrictions, whereas the organic food label is perceived as fraud by others. Others perceive the red Ø-logo as a part of their lifestyles and identities. Additionally, most of the consumers are confused about the amount of labels. Thus, our findings have resulted in five recommendations to the Danish authorities and producers of foods: * Reduce the amount of food labels * Different target audiences – different communication * Lay down guidelines for consistent communication * Different food labels – different communication * Narrate the “good” story en_US
dc.format.extent 191 s. en_US
dc.language eng en_US
dc.subject.other Kandidatafhandlinger en_US
dc.title The Jungle of Food Labels en_US
dc.type mop en_US
dc.contributor.corporation Copenhagen Business School. CBS en_US
dc.contributor.corporationshort Department of Marketing. MARKETING en_US
dc.contributor.corporationshort Institut for Afsætningsøkonomi. AØ en_US
dc.contributor.department MSc in Economics & Business Administration en_US
dc.contributor.departmentshort 22 en_US
dc.description.notes Cand.merc.mcm. Marketing Communications Management en_US
dc.publisher.year 2012 en_US
dc.publisher.city Frederiksberg en_US
dc.title.subtitle A study of the Danish consumers' perceptions and attitudes towards food labels in an individual and sociocultural context en_US

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