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Consumer Preferences for Milk and Yogurt Products in Canada

  • Author / Creator
    Allen, Shannon M
  • This research examines Canadian consumer preferences for milk and yogurt products, both those currently available in the marketplace as well as hypothetical products. Self-reported consumption and choice experiments are used to determine consumer preferences for various attributes and how these preferences are influenced by demographic and health characteristics. The results from the consumption analysis indicate that many demographic and health characteristics are significant factors in predicting milk/yogurt consumption, that milk and yogurt consumers are not the same people, and that consumers of individual dairy products fall into different demographic categories. The choice experiment analysis indicates that individuals have narrowly distributed WTP values for fat content and informational attributes and widely distributed WTP values for functional attributes. In general, women over 50 appear to be WTP more for informational attributes and vitamin-enhanced products than the general population, while young adults are WTP more than the general population for probiotic dairy products.

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  • Graduation date
    2012-09
  • Type of Item
    Thesis
  • Degree
    Master of Science
  • DOI
    https://doi.org/10.7939/R3XD0C
  • License
    This thesis is made available by the University of Alberta Libraries with permission of the copyright owner solely for non-commercial purposes. This thesis, or any portion thereof, may not otherwise be copied or reproduced without the written consent of the copyright owner, except to the extent permitted by Canadian copyright law.
  • Language
    English
  • Institution
    University of Alberta
  • Degree level
    Master's
  • Department
    • Department of Resource Economics and Environmental Sociology
  • Specialization
    • Agricultural and Resource Economics
  • Supervisor / co-supervisor and their department(s)
    • Farmer, Anna (Agricultural, Food and Nutritional Science)
    • Goddard, Ellen (Resource Economics and Environmental Sociology)
  • Examining committee members and their departments
    • Farmer, Anna (Agricultural, Food and Nutritional Science)
    • Adamowicz, Vic (Resource Economics and Environmental Sociology)
    • Goddard, Ellen (Resource Economics and Environmental Sociology)