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Larsson, Lina, 2021. Perceptions of eco-labelling among the Swedish food sector : a Q-study to identify challenges and incentives among food processors, retailers, and label organisations. Second cycle, A2E. Uppsala: SLU, Dept. of Economics



Eco-labelling is a promising approach to promote sustainable consumption. Despite a growing concern for the environmental consequences of food production, the use of eco-labels has remained low. To date, a large body of literature has focused on consumer perspectives of eco-labelling, while research on the food industry’s perspective has remained scarce. This study starts to address this gap by analysing the diverse perceptions of eco-labelling among Swedish processors, retailers, and label organisations. The aim of this study is to identify the most critical challenges of eco-labelling and to understand in what form eco-labels can set incentives for the provision of ecosystem services within the agri-food production.

Q-methodology was used to reveal patterns of shared-meaning among ten participants within the Swedish food sector. The findings revealed three perceptions of eco-labelling: label optimists, true conservatives, and label sceptics. The main challenges of eco-labelling were related to consumers understanding and comprehension of labels’ meanings, information on products’ environmental impacts, and the increasing number of eco-labels on the market. The findings further revealed several suggestions for how eco-labels can increase incentives for ecosystem services. These include transparency, product-related information, and promotion of local ecosystem services.

Main title:Perceptions of eco-labelling among the Swedish food sector
Subtitle:a Q-study to identify challenges and incentives among food processors, retailers, and label organisations
Authors:Larsson, Lina
Supervisor:Rommel, Jens
Examiner:Ferguson, Richard
Series:Examensarbete / SLU, Institutionen för ekonomi
Volume/Sequential designation:1345
Year of Publication:2021
Level and depth descriptor:Second cycle, A2E
Student's programme affiliation:NY001 Agricultural Programme - Economics and Management 270 HEC
Supervising department:(NL, NJ) > Dept. of Economics
Keywords:Eco-label, sustainable consumption, green purchase intention, informed purchase decision, ecosystem services, Q-methodology
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Subject. Use of subject categories until 2023-04-30.:Agro-industry
Trade, marketing and distribution
Deposited On:07 Jun 2022 07:52
Metadata Last Modified:08 Jun 2022 01:01

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