Il volume intende offrire un’analisi dettagliata dei possibili strumenti e delle diverse strategie che, con riferimento alle dimensioni ambientale, sociale, territoriale e generazionale dello sviluppo, sono in grado di valorizzare in maniera sostenibile la qualità agroalimentare, favorendo la promozione di una nuova cultura alimentare sostenibile.

cod. 365.861

Azzurra Annunziata, Angela Mariani

The role of nutritional labeling in promoting healthier food choices: a review of the major issues in the EU


Fascicolo: 2 / 2016

As the widespread rapid growth of diet-related diseases becomes a major public concern, nutritional labeling is increasingly considered a potential tool to support the goal of changing unhealthy eating habits while retaining consumer freedom of choice. This paper aims to contribute to the institutional debate on the effectiveness of nutritional labeling on the back or front of packaging in promoting healthier food choices, focusing on the EU. The major issues detected and discussed are based on a literature review of recent studies that have examined the limits and potentials of such tools. Finally, we discuss other promising application fields of nutritional labeling, such as on alcoholic beverages and restaurant menus, and present some directions for further research.

Azzurra Annunziata

Il contributo dei modelli di consumo responsabili al perseguimento della sostenibilità del benessere


Fascicolo: 1 / 2013

The current paper analyzes the contribution that individual and collective consumption patterns can offer in the path towards the sustainability of well-being. In this regard the paper, after discussing the concept of responsible and sustainable consumption, focuses on food consumption patterns, analyzing the its impact - in terms of reproducibility of natural, social and human capital. Finally, the paper presents the results of a direct survey conducted among a sample of young consumers with the aim of analyzing environmental and health value of their food choices and identify possible ways to encourage the promotion of sustainable dietary patterns .

Nell’attuale scenario di globalizzazione il territorio sta assumendo un ruolo sempre più importante. Il volume si propone di offrire spunti di riflessione e di approfondimento relativamente a un settore produttivo, quello agroalimentare, che, forse più di altri, deve trovare nella dimensione territoriale una delle leve strategiche per il proprio sviluppo.

cod. 365.814

Labeling as a marketing tool of food products: limits and opportunities related with the propensity of consumers towards food labels - Food labels are a source of information and most often the first means for directly connecting with a consumer but its potential is not always well exploited. Labels may be an instrument for establishing product differentiation, differentiation across food categories and within a specific category. The objectives for this study are to quantify the extent of consumer awareness, knowledge and behaviour in relation to food labelling, in order to analyse if labelling is a valid tool of direct shopping aid and what are the limits of labelling effects. To collect data a questionnaire was administered to a sample of 400 consumers living in Campania. Data generated in this way are submitted to exploratory and segmentation analysis in order to understand what drives high or low label element use.

Maria Carmela Aprile, Azzurra Annunziata

Informazione, etichettatura e comportamento del consumatore: un'analisi sull'uso delle etichette alimentari


Fascicolo: 2 / 2006

Information, labelling and consumers’ behaviour: an analysis on consumers use of food labels Consumer demand for higher quality foods has been increasing, especially in high income countries, based on consumers’ increased knowledge about links between diet and health; awareness of quality characteristics and access to information about new production and processing technologies. Labelling may be considered a very important tool to pass information about product attributes on to consumers. Labelling is aimed at providing a sort of identity card of the product, so as to make information immediately accessible to consumers making a purchasing decision. As a public intervention tool, labelling performs a number of functions; the most important of them is a direct support to consumers in their purchasing decisions. When performing this function labelling changes the information environment related to the quality attributes. More specifically, labelling makes it possible to turn experience and credence attributes into search attributes. In the case of experience attributes, imposing the inclusion of specific information in the label will enable consumers to judge the product quality even before buying it, in the case of credence attributes, consumers supported by labelling will be able to recognise specific characteristics of the product they wouldn’t otherwise identify even after consumption. Labelling may improve the perception of search attributes, increasing the amount and nature of the information available on the market. According to this, the paper analysed the role played by food product labelling as a tool to provide consumers with a direct support when making purchase decisions; it is focused on consumers’ awareness and use of specific food label elements. Some empirical evidences are illustrated as to the level of consumer’s knowledge, interpretation and use of the information included in the label. Specifically the aim of the survey was: identifying how often consumers read the labels; assessing the degree of consumers’ familiarity with the different data included in the label; identifying the importance attached to the various details included in the label; identifying which information included in the label mostly affect consumers’ purchasing decisions; checking the existence of different clusters and developing a description of them. To collect data a questionnaire was developed and administered to a representative sample of 400 consumers living in Campania. The analysis of the data was carried out in two stages. In the first stage a uni-variate and bi-variate analysis was made, aimed at providing a description of the sample interviewed. In the second stage two multi-variate analysis techniques were applied to probe into the relationship amongst the different variables: factorial analysis and cluster analysis. This research provides for in-depth discussion on consumers’ awareness, knowledge and use of food labels, as well as their capacity to understand label information appropriately and make food choices that meet their needs. The results suggest that many consumers are confused about how to use the information from some label elements and that they have varied levels of capacity to use them appropriately and successfully. The findings suggest that if consumers are to use information on more label elements (or label information more often), then they need to be enabled to do so, possible ways by which this could occur include via information, education and practice.