Comparison of the Purchasing Behaviour of Polish and United Kingdom Consumers in the Organic Food Market during the COVID-19 Pandemic

Wojciechowska-Solis, J, Kowalska, Aleksandra, Bieniek, Milena, Ratajczyk, Monica and Manning, Louise (2022) Comparison of the Purchasing Behaviour of Polish and United Kingdom Consumers in the Organic Food Market during the COVID-19 Pandemic. International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health, 19 (3). p. 1137. ISSN 1660-4601

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Abstract

The main objective of the study was to compare young consumer purchasing behaviour towards organic food in Poland (PL) and the United Kingdom (UK), countries with different levels of organic market maturity. The study was conducted by means of an online survey questionnaire during the COVID-19 pandemic between December 2020 and February 2021. The sample consisted of 862 PL and 161 UK consumers. 31% of PL respondents and 58.4% of UK respondents indicated they purchase organic products. Descriptive statistics, the Mann–Whitney U test and the two proportion Z test were used for statistical analyses. The results indicate that young consumers pay particular attention to the freshness and quality of consumed products. Concern for their own health and that of their loved ones, as well as the desire to eat better-quality products were the main motivations for the respondents to purchase organic products. Organic vege-tables and fruits, eggs, dairy products, and meat and meat products, were among the most frequently purchased products in the studied cohorts. Experts (e.g., a dietitian, physician) were declared to be the first source of information concerning food products for young consumers. Next, family members were indicated. Social media content (PL respondents) and information from websites managed by institutions (UK respondents) were mentioned as the third source. UK consumers preferred short supply chains. The present study can be used by government bodies and companies to select the most effective communication channels for education and advertising and to develop effective commercial strategies aimed at young consumers.

Item Type: Article
Keywords: healthy food choices, sustainable food consumption, organic products, COVID-19, information sources, buying motives
Divisions: Agriculture, Food and Environment
Depositing User: Professor Louise Manning
Date Deposited: 25 Jan 2022 09:57
Last Modified: 20 Oct 2022 14:46
URI: https://rau.repository.guildhe.ac.uk/id/eprint/16511

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