The Influence of In-Store Music on Wine Selections

North, Adrian C.; Hargreaves, David J.; McKendrick, Jennifer
April 1999
Journal of Applied Psychology;Apr99, Vol. 84 Issue 2, p271
Academic Journal
This field study investigated the extent to which stereotypically French and German music could influence supermarket customers' selections of French and German wines. Music with strong national associations should activate related knowledge and be linked with customers buying wine from the respective country. Over a 2-week period, French and German music was played on alternate days from an in-store display of French and German wines. French music led to French wines outselling German ones, whereas German music led to the opposite effect on sales of French wine. Responses to a questionnaire suggested that customers were unaware of these effects of music on their product choices. The results are discussed in terms of their theoretical implications for research on music and consumer behavior and their ethical implications for the use of in-store music.


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