PurposeThis study investigates organic wine consumption and analysed the motives, preferences and basic characteristics of German consumers of organic and non-organic wines.Design/methodology/approachThe comparative study is based on data from a representative survey conducted with 2,000 consumers in Germany. Two segments of wine drinkers were created according to their consumption of organic wine. Consumers of organic and non-organic wine were compared by analysing the differences in wine-related behavioural factors and socio-demographic variables.FindingsThe study reveals that consumers of organic wine differ significantly from those who do not drink organic wines. Socio-demographic factors (e.g. age and social class) and behavioural attributes (e.g. frequency of wine consumption and involvement with and preference for other organic products) demonstrate the differences between the two consumer groups.Originality/valueTo our knowledge, no findings exist to date regarding differences between consumers of organic wine and consumers of non-organic wine. Therefore, these results fill a research gap and provide valuable inputs both to the wine industry as well as to the scientific community dealing with organic food preferences.
British Food Journal – Emerald Publishing
Published: Apr 9, 2020
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