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Consumer Reaction to the «Flavour Group Concept» to introduce Scab Resistant Apple Varieties into the Market. «Variety-Teams» as a Further Development of the Concept

Weibel, Franco and Leder, Alfred (2004) Consumer Reaction to the «Flavour Group Concept» to introduce Scab Resistant Apple Varieties into the Market. «Variety-Teams» as a Further Development of the Concept. In: 11th Conference on Cultivation Technique und Phytopathological Problems in Organic Fruit Growing. Proceedings to the Conference February 3rd to 5th 2004 at Weinsberg / Germany. D-Weinsberg, Fördergemeinschaft Ökologischer Obstbau.e.V. Weinsberg, pp. 196-201.

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A tool to ease the market introduction of scab resistant apple varieties in supermarkets, is the so-called «Flavour Group Concept (FGC; Weibel and Grab, 2000) that has been developed by FiBL and «Coop» (second biggest supermarket retailer of Switzerland) already in 1995. The FGC is providing to the buyers additional information on the specific flavour direction of that "unknown" apple cultivar in front of them (mild to sweet; spicy-tart; predominantly tart). In 2002 a consumer behaviour study was undertaken by «IHA/GfK-Switzerland» Institute to evaluate the consumer response to the FGC.
The results reveal that 36 % of the persons interviewed at the point of sale considered additional information on the flavour direction of the apple cultivars as «important» and 40 % as «very important». Information on flavour direction was considered as the second important information at the shelf (59 % score), compared to the general presentation of the apples with 78 % score. On basis of these positive results, Coop introduced the FGC also for conventional apples. One year later, also the biggest supermarket retailer of Switzerland «Migros»introduced a FGC for organic and conventional apples.
To develop further the FGC, in the year 2002, a consortium of the supermarket chain Coop Switzerland, organic apple growers, retailers and FiBL experts joined together in a so called «Variety Team». There, in contrast to Variety Clubs, the focus is not a particular variety but the active creation and promotion of an attractive assortment of scab resistant apple varieties in a well co-ordinated and thus for growers and retailers most efficient way. Investments and risks are evenly shared between the Team Partners. The first cultivar promoted is «Ecolette».


EPrint Type:Conference paper, poster, etc.
Type of presentation:Paper
Keywords:Anbautechnik mehrjährige Kulturen, Bioobstbau, Sortenteams, Venturia inaequalis, apple, cultivar, resistance, market introduction, flavour group concept, consumer poll, variety team
Subjects: Crop husbandry > Breeding, genetics and propagation
Crop husbandry > Production systems > Fruit and berries
Research affiliation: International Conferences > 2004: Ecofruit
Switzerland > FiBL - Research Institute of Organic Agriculture Switzerland > Crop Production > Fruit Production
Related Links:http://www.fibl.org/forschung/anbautechnik-pflanzenbau/index.php
Deposited By: Weibel, Franco
ID Code:10134
Deposited On:06 Dec 2006
Last Modified:12 Apr 2010 07:34
Document Language:English
Status:Published
Refereed:Not peer-reviewed

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