China is one of the most dynamic economies of the planet. The dramatic economic development in recent decades has greatly influenced the structure and habits of Chinese society. This although still characterized by strong disparities between the poorer classes and the wealthy, shows a growing middle class and an increasingly high-income segment. These segments of society are, as expected, evolving from a cultural point of view beginning to incorporate into the ancient Chinese tradition elements of other cultures, most notably the Western one. As was the case for other new economies, especially the rich part of the population is showing an increasing inclination towards all aspects of Western culture. This opening is also affecting the food consumption habits, transforming the dynamic and vibrant Chinese market into a major destination for European food products. The following research by submitting a questionnaire to 500 Chinese consumers residents in metropolitan areas had a dual objective. The first involved the analysis of the propensity of consumers to enter into the ancient Chinese culinary culture food products from other countries. The second was represented by the attempt to segment consumers, depending on the degree of cultural openness towards non- Chinese food, using both socio-demographic and psychographic variables.
Keywords: China, food related lifestyle, Schwartz portrait value
Jel Code: D12, C25, Q18
Teresa Del Giudice, Francesco Caracciolo, Gianni Cicia, Klaus G. Grunert, Athanasios Krystallis, Chinese consumers and food beliefs: western influence on the age-old dietary tradition in "ECONOMIA AGRO-ALIMENTARE" 3/2012, pp. 85-99, DOI:10.3280/ECAG2012-003005