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Volunteers receiving government aid while unemployed face scrutiny, bias from public
With the worldwide spike in unemployment caused by the COVID-19 pandemic, many people may turn to volunteerism as a way to pass their newly found free time. (2020-09-28)
Tests indicate modern oral nicotine products elicit lower toxicity responses than cigs
New research by BAT indicates that Modern Oral Products (MOPs) showed lower toxicity responses in certain assays than traditional cigarettes. (2020-09-28)
Sweet success: Heavy consumption of sugary beverages declined in the US from 2003 to 2016
According to a new study in the Journal of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, published by Elsevier, the percentage of heavy sugar-sweetened beverage (SSB) consumers - those who drink more than 500 calories of SSBs daily - trended downwards in the United States between 2003 and 2016. (2020-09-24)
Strong markets for cultured meat across meat-reducing Germany and France
New research shows substantial markets for cultured meat and movements towards meat reduced diets across Germany and France. (2020-09-21)
'Front of package' nutrition labels improved nutrition quality
A new study analyzing 16 years of data on tens of thousands of products finds that the adoption of nutrition data on ''front of package'' labels is associated with improved nutritional content of those foods and their competitors. (2020-09-21)
Funding climate action policies: Consumers weigh in
There is growing demand for countries to take aggressive action to combat climate change, but less consensus on how to fund it. (2020-09-21)
Consumers value difficult decisions over easy choices
In a paper co-authored by Gaurav Jain, an assistant professor of marketing in the Lally School of Management at Rensselaer, researchers found that disfluency, or the difficulty for an individual to process a message, increases people's attitudes toward that message after a time delay. (2020-09-17)
Glass tables can cause life-threatening injuries
Faulty glass in tables can cause life-threatening injuries, according to a Rutgers study, which provides evidence that stricter federal regulations are needed to protect consumers. (2020-09-15)
Mold now associated with food quality
Researchers from the University of Copenhagen have studied a range of perceptions among Danes about good, healthy and safe foodstuffs. (2020-09-10)
Travel site aggregators face challenges when compared to airlines that market directly
If you are a budget-conscious traveler, there is a chance you've used a travel site aggregator like Orbitz to book your air transportation. (2020-09-02)
How your BMI might affect your spontaneous food purchases
The degree to which spontaneous food purchases divert/attract attention may be related to your weight and the energy density of the food, according to a small, preliminary study using mobile eye-tracking technology to provide real information about consumers' food choice behaviour. (2020-09-02)
New EU rules could make total diet replacement products unviable from 2022, study warns
From October 2022, the European Union (EU) will impose new nutritional requirements for total diet replacement (TDR) products which could make them unviable to produce and sell, according to new research being presented at The European and International Congress on Obesity (ECOICO 2020), held online this year from 1-4 September. (2020-08-31)
Algorithm aims to alert consumers before they use illicit online pharmacies
In a study, a team of Penn State researchers report that an algorithm they developed may be able to spot illicit online pharmacies that could be providing customers with substandard medications without their knowledge, among other potential problems. (2020-08-28)
How power distance belief affects consumers' price sensitivity
Consumers high in PDB (Power Density Belief) are less price-sensitive. (2020-08-15)
How anxiety--and hope--can drive new product adoption
When considering new products, anxiety creates approach response (i.e., interest, purchase) rather than avoidance response (i.e., disinterest, failure to purchase) when consumers hope for the goal-congruent outcomes. (2020-08-12)
Nutrition labelling is improving nation's diet - new study
Households eat more healthily when retailers display clear nutritional information on own-brand food products, say researchers. (2020-08-12)
Paper: Industry concentration contributes to job quality erosion, wage stagnation
Dominant firms in concentrated industries can play a role in job quality erosion and wage stagnation for U.S. workers, says new research co-written by U. of I. labor and employment relations professor Richard Benton and U. of I. graduate student Ki-Jung Kim. (2020-08-12)
How fish stocks will change in warming seas
New research out today highlights the future effects of climate change on important fish stocks for south-west UK fisheries. (2020-08-10)
Confused by whole grain labels on food packaging? Study finds you're not alone
Whole grain labels are confusing to consumers, according to a new study that found many made the wrong choice when asked to pick the healthier option based on product labels. (2020-08-10)
Make the best of bad reviews by leveraging consumer empathy
When confronted with unfair negative reviews, firms can strategically leverage consumer empathy and benefit from potential downstream consequences. (2020-08-06)
Carbon footprinting and pricing under climate concerns
Marketers can lead how their companies can use the cost and demand effects of reducing the carbon footprint of their products to determine the profit-maximizing design. (2020-08-05)
How animation speed affects consumers' perception of product size
Consumers estimate the size of a product to be smaller when the product is animated to move faster in video ads. (2020-08-04)
Consumers don't fully trust smart home technologies
Smart home technologies are marketed to enhance your home and make life easier. (2020-08-04)
Increased global mortality linked to arsenic exposure in rice-based diets
Rice is the most widely consumed staple food source for a large part of the world's population. (2020-08-04)
Is less more? How consumers view sustainability claims
Communicating a product's reduced negative attribute might have unintended consequences if consumers approach it with the wrong mindset. (2020-08-03)
Bargaining and the three-way transaction defines the daily deal market
If you've ever taken advantage of a nice discount thanks to a promotion from Groupon or LivingSocial, you've tapped the power of the daily deal market yourself. (2020-08-03)
How creating an "empathy lens" makes P2P marketing communications more effective
Provider-focused P2P marketing communications increase consumers' likelihood of purchase, app download, and willingness to pay. (2020-08-01)
Seafood products made from cells should be labeled cell-based
Companies seeking to commercialize seafood products made from the cells of fish or shellfish should use the term ''cell-based'' on product labels, according to a Rutgers study - the first of its kind - in the Journal of Food Science. (2020-07-28)
Which bacteria truly qualify as probiotics?
Today, the word probiotic is used to describe all kinds of 'good' microorganisms in foods and supplements. (2020-07-27)
Tendency to select targeted retirement fund ending in zero may impact wealth
New research shows that selecting a targeted retirement fund that ends in a zero could negatively impact your retirement savings. (2020-07-27)
Sci-fi foretold social media, Uber and Augmented Reality, offers insights into the future
Science fiction authors foresaw augmented reality video games, the rise of social media and trends of hyper-consumption, and can help predict future consumer patterns. (2020-07-24)
Keeping pinto beans away from the dark side
New slow-darkening pinto bean varieties show benefits for farmers and consumers (2020-07-22)
Sweet coolers a gateway to increased alcohol consumption
Sweetened alcoholic beverages can promote harmful alcohol consumption among teens, new University of Guelph research finds. (2020-07-22)
Corporate social responsibility practices often lack 'on the ground' change -- SFU research
Companies that practice corporate social responsibility (CSR) could ensure more positive outcomes by tackling ''real change on the ground'' rather than focusing on single projects and budgets, according to Simon Fraser University political science professor Andy Hira. (2020-07-22)
Clear strategies needed to reduce bushmeat hunting
Extensive wildlife trade not only threatens species worldwide but can also lead to the transmission of zoonotic diseases. (2020-07-17)
In the sharing economy, consumers see themselves as helpers
Whether you use a taxi or a rideshare app like Uber, you're still going to get a driver who will take you to your destination. (2020-07-15)
COVID-19 'price gouging' could be prevented
Excessive pricing or 'price gouging' of essential hygiene and medical products during the current global pandemic could be prevented, claims a new paper from the University of Portsmouth. (2020-07-15)
Consumer-created social media visuals capture consumer brand perceptions
CATONSVILLE, MD, July 13, 2020 - New research has found that there is a strong link between the visual portrayal of a brand in online imagery created by consumers and the larger brand perceptions. (2020-07-13)
Sensation seekers, risk-takers who experience more bitterness apt to drink IPAs
People who seek novel and powerful sensations and are more prone to taking risks -- and who perceive bitter tastes more intensely -- are more likely to prefer bitter, pale-ale-style beers and drink them more often, according to Penn State sensory researchers, who conducted a study that involved blind taste tests and personality assessments. (2020-07-09)
Coconut confusion reveals consumer conundrum
Coconut oil production may be more damaging to the environment than palm oil, researchers say. (2020-07-06)
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