Consumer Behaviour at the Local Food Market

Marta Czekaj , Dawid Bedla


Consumer behaviour at the food market is determined by several factors which can be classified as external and internal. Literature review points out that the most important factors are economic components, however economic, social and environmental circumstances cause the emergence of new factors affecting consumers’ decisions. The following can be listed among them: consumer ecological awareness, ethical food production, production in line with traditional methods, paying special attention to the quality of food processing, place and manner of food production, place of purchasing food or distribution channels. The paper presents the results of the surveys carried out in 2018 among 371 residents of the Małopolska Province, the aim of which was to determine the attitudes and behaviours of consumers at the food market with special regard to local products.Based on the conducted studies it has been determined that about 1/3 of surveyed respondents prefer buying food on local markets. A third of the contents found in the food products baskets come from local producers. The respondents were also surveyed in terms of reading labels on food products, and it was found that while percentage of such responses is quite high among women (63%), it is very low among men (18%). Four out of five respondents always or sometimes check the price of theproducts before purchasing them, thus this factor strongly impacts their decisions.The interest of consumers in local food and ability of local producers to meet this demand in the near future will build opportunities to strengthen as well as expand small farms and small food businesses.
Author Marta Czekaj (FoAaE / IoEEaM )
Marta Czekaj,,
- Institute of Enterprises Economics and Management
, Dawid Bedla (FoEEaLS / DoECaAP)
Dawid Bedla,,
- Department of Ecology, Climatology and Air Protection
Publication size in sheets85.8
Book Kovačević Dušan (eds.): Book of proceedings. X International Scientific Agriculture Symposium “AGROSYM 2019” , Jahorina, October 03-06.10.2019, 2019, University of East Sarajevo, Faculty of Agriculture, Republic of Srpska, Bosnia, ISBN 978-99976-787-2-0, 2018 p.
Keywords in EnglishConsumption, local production, consumer behaviour
Languageen angielski
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FinansowaniePresented outcomes stand part of resultsfrom SALSA Project: Small farms, small food businesses and sustainable food and nutrition security. This project has received funding from the European Union's Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under grant agreement No 677363
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