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CitationMaeve Henchion, Mary McCarthy, Virginia C. Resconi, Declan Troy. Meat consumption: Trends and quality matters. Meat Science, Volume 98, Issue 3, November 2014, Pages 561-568, DOI 10.1016/j.meatsci.2014.06.007
AbstractThis paper uses quality theory to identify opportunities for the meat sector that are consistent with trends in meat consumption. Meat consumption has increased and is likely to continue into the future. Growth is largely driven by white meats, with poultry in particular of increasing importance globally. The influence of factors such as income and price is likely decline over time so that other factors, such as quality, will become more important. Quality is complex and consumers' quality expectations may not align with experienced quality due to misconception of certain intrinsic cues. Establishing relevant and effective cues, based on extrinsic and credence attributes, could offer advantage on the marketplace. The use of extrinsic cues can help convey quality characteristics for eating quality, but also for more abstract attributes that reflect individual consumer concerns e.g. health/nutrition, and collective concerns, e.g. sustainability. However, attributes are not of equal value to all consumers. Thus consumer segmentation and production differentiation is needed.
FunderDepartment of Agriculture, Food and the Marine, Ireland