PREFERENCES AND WILLINGNESS TO PAY OF VIENNA CONSUMERS FOR RASPBERRIES FROM ARILJE, SERBIA
Raspberries from Serbia have a good reputation and those from Arilje are protected by a geographical indication registration within the country of Serbia. Recently, producers and other stakeholders are considering promoting this Geographical indication (GI) produce outside of Serbia, and Austria is one of the main target markets. The export of fresh raspberry is just in the initial phase in general, and protecting geographical indication of raspberry from Arilje also in the EU is seen as a good opportunity for the whole western area of the country.
It is widely recognized that GI labels may work as a quality signal for food products and may be useful to build trust among consumers. In this study, we aim at evaluating the role of a GI label in shaping consumer purchase intentions, using a conjoint choice experiment approach. The attributes we considered have been price, punnet size, geographical indications of origin (from major production areas in Serbia, Poland, and Spain), and method of production (organic, integrated crop management).
A survey has been administered to a sample of 235 consumers in Vienna. The probability of choice has been modeled using a discrete choice approach that allowed us to quantify the preference for different attributes and levels and the willingness to pay of consumers for raspberries from Arilje, Serbia compared to other areas of origin.
Our results suggest that Vienna consumers have a positive attitude towards raspberries from Arilje, Serbia and they are, coeteris paribus, willing to pay more for them compared to other areas of origin. However, the willingness to pay is slightly higher for organic raspberries than for GI labeled raspberries. This could imply that a combination of strategies, rather than focusing on GI labeling only, may be more beneficial for Serbian producers.
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