Using Mind-Set Information About Health, Pleasure and Function to Understand Consumer Choices in Bottled Water

Maier, Andrea; Moskowitz, Howard R.; Beckley, Jacqueline; Ashman, Hollis
January 2009
Open Food Science Journal;2009, Vol. 3, p42
Academic Journal
Purpose: The objective of this paper is to demonstrate that databases of consumer mind-sets, created by experimental design, can be combined and analyzed to identify new product opportunities for foods and beverages. Methodology/Approach: This paper analyzes responses to test concepts about bottled water from five different mind-set databases (Crave It! 2001 for adults, teens; Drink It! 2002 and 2004; Healthy You! 2003), each focusing on a different aspect of food/drink, but each containing a study about bottled water. The databases combine conjoint analysis with extensive classification, which generate parallax views about bottled water from different vantage points Practical Implications: Based upon strong performance of specific elements across databases for different end-uses, the analyses suggest that a market exists for bottled water containing strong health benefits, as well as a strong opportunity for functional bottled water specifically targeting younger consumers. Originality: The paper presents a unique new approach to understanding the mind-set of consumers by combining information from concept databases.


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