Factors influencing interest of Slovak consumers' in organic dairy products
Keywords:Organic dairy product, Slovakia, age category, gender, level of income
The aim of the article is to analyse the dependency of selected factors (age category, level of income and gender) on consumers' willingness to buy organic dairy products. The primary research based on the electronic interview survey carried out on the sample of 203 Slovak respondents of all ages, in different social situations and with different views on the issue. The questionnaire consisted of seven sorting questions and six questions addressed consumers' perception of organic dairy products and the reasons for their purchase or rejection. For evaluation the Chi square test of square contingency was used. Results were sorted into tree parts. The aim of the firts part of research was to find out whether there is a dependency between the age category of the respondents and whether they are buying organic dairy products. Results showed that the age category of the respondents and purchase of organic dairy products are independent. The second part of the research based on the examination of the dependency between the level of income of the respondents and their willingness to pay for organic products. In this case we confirmed the dependency between the customers' average income per month and their willingness to pay for organic dairy products. Last but not least, the dependency between the reasons that would discourage consumers from buying organic dairy products and their gender was examined. The results of analysis clearly showed that these two variables are independent. Despite generally persisted opinions that food of daily consumption in bio quality (organic) is mainly bought by women of specific age categories (joung independent woman after graduation, mothers on maternity leave) we can confirm just the significance of the impact of customers' average income per month on their willingness to pay for these high quality and therefore expensive products.
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