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Organic Food Products Labeling Innovation: The Case for Sustainable Food Consumption Behavior

Version 1 : Received: 1 May 2018 / Approved: 2 May 2018 / Online: 2 May 2018 (13:10:20 CEST)

How to cite: Gârdan, D.A.; Dumitru, I.; Dragan, I.; Gârdan, I.P.; Andronie, M.; Uță, C. Organic Food Products Labeling Innovation: The Case for Sustainable Food Consumption Behavior. Preprints 2018, 2018050042 (doi: 10.20944/preprints201805.0042.v1). Gârdan, D.A.; Dumitru, I.; Dragan, I.; Gârdan, I.P.; Andronie, M.; Uță, C. Organic Food Products Labeling Innovation: The Case for Sustainable Food Consumption Behavior. Preprints 2018, 2018050042 (doi: 10.20944/preprints201805.0042.v1).

Abstract

The present context regarding development of the food products trade at European Union level presumes manifestation of some tendencies and challenges meant to claim at the highest level the adaptation capacity of economical agents - both producers and traders. Among these we can take into account their need to comply with organic product labeling standards as an integral part of food products safety policies at Union level. In order to be able to implement a proper label type, not only from the point of view of standards but especially from the perspective given by the consumers perception and motivation toward a healthy sustainable food consumption, producers have to constantly innovate, to find new design solutions for food products labels. This article propose an exploratory research in the form of a field survey that highlights the perceptions of Romanian and Serbian consumers, altogether from the urban environment in relation to organic food labeling and how they influence purchasing decision-making. A random number of 373 Serbian consumers’ questionnaires, respectively 1262 Romanian consumers’ questionnaires have been validated, the results showing interesting results from the point of view of national consumption profile differences due to different cultural, economic and social factors as well as different levels of integration within European economy for the both countries. Main conclusions of the research stress the fact that perceptions regarding organic food products labels are constructed around variables like: type of information to appear within the label, category of information that are missing from labels, degree of producers interest in proper labeling of organic food products, relevance of the information on the organic food labels as regards the decision to purchase the products etc. Conclusions propose some possible developments for innovative future characteristics for organic food products labels.

Subject Areas

products labeling; organic food products labeling; labeling innovation; sustainable food consumption; buying decision

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Comment 1
Received: 4 May 2018
Commenter: GHIORGHIŢĂ EUGEN
The commenter has declared there is no conflict of interests.
Comment: Any endeavours to improve food quality is welcome. The authors provided a detailed statistical analysis concerning consumers' preferences particularities in Romania and Serbia. The article's approach is quite new in the area, as permanent consumers' education depending on a lot of labelling significant details is decisive for a more careful involvement of producers and traders.
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Comment 2
Received: 4 May 2018
Commenter: GHIORGHIŢ
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Comment: Consumers' education is decisive in terms of improving their discernment towards a sustainable food supply and a healthier life. The authors succeeded to emphasise essential features of the food labels content aiming at raising consumers' awareness and exigency.
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Comment 3
Received: 11 May 2018
Commenter: TP
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Comment: The article is showing how little is enough to change the consumers prospective. Actually people do not really know enough maybe because the producers of organic food as well as the others ar not quite interested to put on the label what would be important to the consumer to have as information. Definitely the most impprtant thing is to understend the customer needs.
The article goes strict to the point of todays situation.
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Comment 4
Received: 11 May 2018
Commenter: maral pazhouheshgar
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Comment: it was really helpful, thanks!
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