Functional Foods Market and Consumer Perspective
Azzurra Annunziata and Riccardo Vecchio
Affiliation: Department of Economics – University of Naples “Parthenope”, Naples, Italy
The current paper reviews published academic research on European consumer attitudes towards Functional
Foods (FFs). The main goal is to rationalize the vast existing body of evidence on consumers’ understanding and use of
FFs and identify further interesting research avenues. Almost all the studies analyzed in the current review reveal that
consumer acceptance of the concept of FFs together with a better understanding of its determinants are core factors for
market orientation, development and success. However, failure rates have shown that consumer acceptance is often neglected
or at least far from being understood.
Keywords: Consumer attitude, consumer behaviour, Europe, functional foods, literature review, market development.
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