Sampling and farm stories prompt consumers to buy specialty cheeses
AuthorsBarbara A. Reed
Christine M. Bruhn
Authors AffiliationsB.A. Reed is County Director and Dairy Farm Advisor, UC Cooperative Extension, Glenn County; C.M. Bruhn is Director, Center for Consumer Research, UC Davis.
Hilgardia 57(3):76-80. DOI:10.3733/ca.v057n03p76. July 2003.
California specialty cheese makers need information on what drives product sales so they can effectively market their products. Focus group and telephone research revealed that specialty cheese consumers have a strong preference for sampling cheese before making a purchase. Consumers also rely heavily on staff recommendations to select cheese. They appreciate unlimited sampling in an unhurried, low-pressure environment. Specialty cheese consumers consider themselves “food experimenters”; they value narrative descriptions about where and how the cheese was made and are not price sensitive in this area of their food purchases.
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