Jocumsen, Adrienne (2005) Assessment of fresh beef quality by Australian consumers at the point of purchase. In: ANZMAC 2005 Conference: Broadening the Boundaries, 5-7 December 2005, Freemantle, Australia.
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[Abstract]: Concern at the continuing decline in beef consumption has led to considerable research, particularly in Europe, into the way consumers develop their perceptions of the quality of fresh meat and how these perceptions may influence consumption levels. A number of models have been developed. This study is based on a three-stage model with perceptions formed prior to purchase, at the point of purchase and at the point of consumption, each contributing to the overall perception of quality. The study focuses on the Australian beef consumer at the point of purchase stage (within the shop) as this is where the consumer contemplates, and ultimately makes, the actual purchase decision. At the point of purchase consumers have available what the literature describe as intrinsic cues (observable characteristics of the meat itself such as colour and leanness) and extrinsic cues (such as place of purchase and labels) to assist them to predict the quality of beef. Results emanating from a series of focus groups and a survey found Australian consumers considered intrinsic cues, notably freshness, to be more helpful in predicting quality than extrinsic cues. Furthermore, associations were found between age and gender and the perceived helpfulness of some cues.
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