Sustainable Consumption: Analysis of Consumers’ Perceptions about Using Private Brands in Food Retail

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Dan Boboc ; Adrian Laurentiu Ariciu ; Raluca Andreea Ion (2015)
  • Publisher: MDPI AG
  • Journal: Sustainability, volume 7, issue 7 7, pages 1-17 (issn: 2071-1050)
  • Related identifiers: doi: 10.3390/su7079293
  • Subject: private brands | consumers’ trust | private brands; food retail; survey; consumers’ trust | TD194-195 | Renewable energy sources | food retail | TJ807-830 | GE1-350 | survey | Environmental sciences | Environmental effects of industries and plants
    • jel: jel:Q2 | jel:Q3 | jel:Q0 | jel:Q | jel:Q5 | jel:Q56 | jel:O13
    acm: ComputerApplications_GENERAL | ComputingMilieux_MISCELLANEOUS

Private brands are representing an important vector for retailers, helping them to build sustainable relationships with their customers. Usually, private brands are perceived as products differentiated by lower prices. The purpose of this research is to identify consumers’ trust level in private brands used in food retail and their perceptions about the quality of retailers’ own products. The research question is: What are consumers’ perceptions about using private brands in food retail? Pursuing this question, a survey based on a questionnaire was carried out. Research findings showed that the main reason why people buy private brands’ products is lower price rather than high quality. The interviews showed that the typical private brand user is male, aged between 45 and 65 years old, with middle-level income, and employees with secondary education. These results are useful for retailers in their efforts to decide strategies for their private brands and for building consumers’ trust. The findings are useful for food producers as well, because they should reconsider their marketing strategies in order to adapt themselves to the continuous growth of retailers’ private brands.
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