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Country-of-origin effects on Chinese wine consumers

Balestrini, P and Gamble, P (2006) Country-of-origin effects on Chinese wine consumers BRITISH FOOD JOURNAL, 108 (5). pp. 396-412.

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The paper seeks to examine Chinese consumers' wine‐purchasing behaviour and, more especially, the importance of country of origin (COO) effects in the evaluation and assessment of wine quality and as it relates to decision making for wine purchases.


The data for this study were collected in 2004 through an interviewer‐administered, structured questionnaire targeted at randomly selected wine buyers in the ChangNing district of Shanghai (China). Chinese consumers tend to purchase wine primarily for sensorial reasons, consuming it on social occasions. Wine has never acquired the connotations of being merely a thirst‐quenching drink as it did in some European countries. They are also attracted to wine for its health benefits.


It was found that Chinese consumers are more likely to use extrinsic cues than intrinsic cues to evaluate wine quality. Thus, COO information is a significantly more important cue than price for Chinese consumers as a quality cue. However, there appears to be no significant difference in the importance of COO and brand in this regard. Wine is a complex product – small differences in any one of a huge range of variables, from the weather, through the grape, the production method, the storage and even the bottling can affect quality. As might be expected in a market that is relatively under‐developed and which has a smaller experience of wine drinking than some other parts of the world, Chinese consumers pay much more attention to COO when they purchase wine for special occasions, where their choice is exposed to the judgment of others. By contrast, when purchasing wine for their own private consumption, COO assumes a lesser importance.


This research can significantly help wine marketers to develop more effective positioning strategies in China. It will also help in the development of pricing and promotional decisions.

Item Type: Article
Divisions : Surrey research (other units)
Authors :
Gamble, P
Date : 1 January 2006
DOI : 10.1108/00070700610661367
Copyright Disclaimer : © Emerald Group Publishing Limited 2006 Published by Emerald Group Publishing Limited.
Uncontrolled Keywords : Wines, Country of origin, Consumers, Consumer behaviour, Purchasing, China
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Depositing User : Symplectic Elements
Date Deposited : 16 May 2017 14:45
Last Modified : 24 Jan 2020 13:17

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