Mountain agriculture is a very important source of ecosystem services, such as cultural heritage, traditional knowledge, and biodiversity. However, traditional farming practices in those areas, particularly dairy livestock, are in sharp decline. For this reason, it is fundamental to find a way to improve sustainability using a holistic approach as indicated by the European Green Deal and Farm to Fork strategies. The "Mountain product" label can be a suitable tool to reach this aim. However, studies on consumers' opinions concerning mountain food products are scarce. To fill this gap, a logit model was adopted in this study to define factors that influence consumers' purchase intention toward mountain products. Additionally, the open-ended contingent valuation method was used to estimate consumer willingness to pay for milk labelled "mountain product". The paper highlighted that consumers are interested in buying mountain products and that they are willing to pay a premium price for these products. However, the "mountain product" label is still poorly recognised and applied. Policy makers and institutions should invest more in the training of farmers, so as to improve their knowledge of this label. Furthermore, it is necessary to advertise this label to consumers to support quality local production.

Consumers’ Purchasing Determinants Towards Mountain Food Products / Staffolani, Giacomo; Bentivoglio, Deborah; Finco, Adele. - In: SUSTAINABILITY. - ISSN 2071-1050. - 14:14(2022). [10.3390/su14148282]

Consumers’ Purchasing Determinants Towards Mountain Food Products

Giacomo Staffolani;Deborah Bentivoglio
;
Adele Finco
2022-01-01

Abstract

Mountain agriculture is a very important source of ecosystem services, such as cultural heritage, traditional knowledge, and biodiversity. However, traditional farming practices in those areas, particularly dairy livestock, are in sharp decline. For this reason, it is fundamental to find a way to improve sustainability using a holistic approach as indicated by the European Green Deal and Farm to Fork strategies. The "Mountain product" label can be a suitable tool to reach this aim. However, studies on consumers' opinions concerning mountain food products are scarce. To fill this gap, a logit model was adopted in this study to define factors that influence consumers' purchase intention toward mountain products. Additionally, the open-ended contingent valuation method was used to estimate consumer willingness to pay for milk labelled "mountain product". The paper highlighted that consumers are interested in buying mountain products and that they are willing to pay a premium price for these products. However, the "mountain product" label is still poorly recognised and applied. Policy makers and institutions should invest more in the training of farmers, so as to improve their knowledge of this label. Furthermore, it is necessary to advertise this label to consumers to support quality local production.
2022
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