Sustainability as Sales Argument in the Fruit Juice Industry? An Analysis of On-Product Communication

International Journal on Food System Dynamics. 2014;5(3):144-158

 

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Journal Title: International Journal on Food System Dynamics

ISSN: 1869-6945 (Online)

Publisher: CentMa

LCC Subject Category: Technology: Home economics: Nutrition. Foods and food supply

Country of publisher: Germany

Language of fulltext: English

Full-text formats available: PDF

 

AUTHORS

Jeanette Klink (University of Bonn)
Nina Langen (University of Bonn)
Stefanie Hecht (University of Bonn)
Monika Hartmann (University of Bonn)

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Double blind peer review

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Time From Submission to Publication: 12 weeks

 

Abstract | Full Text

<!--[if gte mso 9]><xml> <o:OfficeDocumentSettings> <o:TargetScreenSize>800x600</o:TargetScreenSize> </o:OfficeDocumentSettings> </xml><![endif]--> <p class="03Abstract"><strong style="mso-bidi-font-weight: normal;"><span style="mso-ansi-language: EN-US;" lang="EN-US">Purpose/Value</span></strong><span style="mso-ansi-language: EN-US;" lang="EN-US"> &ndash; The objective of this paper is to determine (1) the extent to which sustainability serves as a sales argument and (2) which areas of sustainability are communicated in the fruit juice industry. This seems promising against the background that there are several ethical challenges the fruit juice chain is increasingly confronted with and consumers demand for sustainable products is also rising.</span></p> <p class="03Abstract"><strong style="mso-bidi-font-weight: normal;"><span style="mso-ansi-language: EN-US;" lang="EN-US">Design/Methodology </span></strong><span style="mso-ansi-language: EN-US;" lang="EN-US">&ndash; A market investigation at the Point-of Sale (POS) was conducted in July 2013.<em style="mso-bidi-font-style: normal;"> </em>On-product communication of all fruit juice products (&lsquo;not from concentrate (NFC)&rsquo; fruit juices, &rsquo;reconstituted (RECON)&rsquo; fruit juices, fruit nectars and smoothies) from five retailers (two full-range retailers, two discounters, one organic supermarket) was analyzed. The data was evaluated using content analysis.</span></p> <p class="03Abstract"><strong style="mso-bidi-font-weight: normal;"><span style="mso-ansi-language: EN-US;" lang="EN-US">Results/Findings</span></strong><span style="mso-ansi-language: EN-US;" lang="EN-US"> &ndash; Overall, 562 fruit juices were examined. Results reveal that nearly one quarter of the products has labels signaling sustainable aspects. However, most of those products were found in the organic food retailer and are organic juices. Only a small number of products consider other areas of sustainability, such as social concerns or regional production.</span></p> <strong style="mso-bidi-font-weight: normal;"><span style="font-size: 12.0pt; mso-bidi-font-size: 10.0pt; font-family: &quot;Times New Roman&quot;,&quot;serif&quot;; mso-fareast-font-family: &quot;Times New Roman&quot;; mso-ansi-language: EN-US; mso-fareast-language: EN-GB; mso-bidi-language: AR-SA;" lang="EN-US">Discussion/Conclusion</span></strong><span style="font-size: 12.0pt; mso-bidi-font-size: 10.0pt; font-family: &quot;Times New Roman&quot;,&quot;serif&quot;; mso-fareast-font-family: &quot;Times New Roman&quot;; mso-ansi-language: EN-US; mso-fareast-language: EN-GB; mso-bidi-language: AR-SA;" lang="EN-US"> &ndash; Communicating sustainability aspects of fruit juice production via on-package labels is scarce in conventional retail stores. 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