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Is mandatory country-of-origin labelling a retrograde step in the long run?

Miranda, Mario J and Konya, Laszlo (2006) Is mandatory country-of-origin labelling a retrograde step in the long run? The International Review of Retail, Distribution and Consumer Research, 16 (5). pp. 579-590. ISSN 0959-3969

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Abstract

There is a strong push from the farming community in Australia to persuade the government to legislate the compulsory display of country-of-origin labelling on retail products. This research examines the label elements considered by grocery shoppers who are inclined to examine the country of manufacture. Shoppers are most likely to consider the brand name when choosing a product, with the odds ratio of taking note of the country of manufacture being the largest for those consumers who scrutinize the name of the product and for those who ascribe the highest importance to the product's country of manufacture. Overt identification as Australian origin, for products without a recognizable brand name may therefore not be advantageous to Australian producers. Country-of-origin prone shoppers also seek stronger reassurance from other cues on the product label. Shoppers would have to contend with the inevitable higher prices arising from label recomposition and country-of-origin compliance. To what extent increased prices would dampen demand is a moot point.

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ResPubID11183. country-of-origen, label, brand, grocery shoppers, country of manufacture

Uncontrolled Keywords: country-of-origin, labelling, manufactured products, groceries, country of manufacture
Subjects: RFCD Classification > 350000 Commerce, Management, Tourism and Services
Faculty/School/Research Centre/Department > School of Hospitality Tourism and Marketing
Depositing User: Mr Angeera Sidaya
Date Deposited: 29 Feb 2008
Last Modified: 23 May 2013 16:39
URI: http://vuir.vu.edu.au/id/eprint/584
DOI: 10.1080/09593960600980279
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