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terça-feira, setembro 04, 2007

Consumer perception of Portuguese quality wine and the region-of-origin effect - V I

"The main motivation for conducting this research was to bring some more light on the impact of territory information on buyers’ behaviour; in this case, Portuguese wine consumers.
Based on empirical evidence collected through a questionnaire directly implemented in a wholesaler, we could conclude that the dominant factor of influence in the acquisition of wine is the region of origin. Product intrinsic characteristics like colour, age, special references and grape, all have shown not having relevant influence in the decision of the wine consumer, in this case. Also noticeable is that, both, wine specialists and consumers use region of origin as a strong clue to their decision of purchasing or not a certain wine, while the non specialist consumer deposits more interest in the brand.
This way, the empirical research undertaken gives support to the hypothesis that the use of territorial references is a promising strategy to increase the market value of products and sustain differentiation towards competitors.
The regions of Alentejo, Douro and Verde have shown to be the most preferred by the Portuguese consumers. The results obtained through this survey are in line with those of a previous research (FREITAS SANTOS and CADIMA RIBEIRO, 2003). The differences to underline have to do with the inclusion of Verde wine region in the questionnaire, which we didn’t consider in the first study due to not being an ordinary Portuguese table wine, and with Dão, not valued as hypothesized by the survey respondents. Anyway, to better understand the results we got in this last study, we should keep in mind that respondents were people living in the Verde wine region itself.
The fact just mentioned can be taken as a major limitation of this empirical research, as it doesn’t allows us to generalise the results to the country, as a whole. Another limitation comes from the fact that we collected the answers in a single wholesaler. That means that supplier marketing strategy could, at least at certain level, to have influenced costumers’ choices. A last comment we would like to add as to do with the option we took of approaching consumers’ preferences through the ones stated by the small retailers. Even if a close relationship between retailers and final consumers exists, we are aware that it is not the same thing."
J. Cadima Ribeiro
J. Freitas Santos
[reprodução da conclusão de comunicação apresentada no 47th Congress of the European Regional Science Association (Joint Congress of ERSA and ASRDLF) Paris, August 29th – September 2nd, 2007]

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