Determinants of economic motivations for food choice: insights for the understanding of consumer behaviour

Vítor J.P.D. Martinho*, Elena Bartkiene, Ilija Djekic, Monica Tarcea, Irena Colić Barić, Maša Černelič-Bizjak, Viktória Szűcs, Alessandra Sarcona, Ayman El-Kenawy, Vanessa Ferreira, Dace Klava, Małgorzata Korzeniowska, Elena Vittadini, Marcela Leal, Dieuwerke Bolhuis, Maria Papageorgiou, Raquel P.F. Guiné

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Food consumption involves several dimensions, being some of them directly associated with the consumers' characteristics. The interrelationships between these domains impact consumer behaviour for food choice and the consequent decisions for food consumption. In these frameworks, economic motivations are determinant. On the other hand, the scientific literature highlights that the economic-based stimuli to choose food is still underexplored. In this perspective, the objective of this study was to assess the main sociodemographic and anthropometric determinants of the economic motivations for food choice. For that, a questionnaire survey was carried out involving 11,919 respondents from 16 countries. A validated questionnaire was used, translated into the native languages in all participating countries, using a back-translation process. First, the information obtained was assessed through factor analysis to reduce the number of variables associated with the economic motivations and to identify indexes. After, and considering the indexes obtained as dependent variables, a classification and regression tree analysis was performed. As main insights, it is highlighted that the main determinants of the economic motivations are country of residence, age, gender, civil state, professional activity, educational level, living environment, responsibility for buying food, weight, height, body mass index, healthy diets and physical exercise practices. Additionally, the results also reveal that economic motivations may be associated with two indexes, one related to convenience attitudes and the other to quality concerns. Finally, the younger persons and the women are the social groups more concerned with healthy diets and food quality. In conclusion, this work confirmed that food choice is to a high extent influenced by several sociodemographic and behavioural factors.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)127-139
JournalInternational Journal of Food Sciences and Nutrition
Issue number1
Early online date21 Jun 2021
Publication statusPublished - 2022


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