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Lifestyle determinants of wine consumption and spending on wine

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Purpose ‐ The purpose of this paper is to identify the lifestyle determinants motivating wine consumption and the amount spent on it, as sales and profits depend largely on a sound knowledge of them. Design/methodology/approach ‐ Data were gathered by means of a postal paper-and-pencil survey sent out to randomly chosen addresses from the telephone book covering the German-speaking part of Switzerland, resulting in a final sample size of 874. Findings ‐ Lifestyle determinants proved successful in explaining a great deal of the variance in the data. For wine consumption, knowledge about wine, drinking wine to relax, and sociability were the strongest determinants; for spending on wine, they were looking for bargains, visiting wine events, and regarding wine as a healthy beverage. Research limitations/implications ‐ The research was limited by being conducted for a specific geographic area, using explorative methodology. Practical implications ‐ The identified determinants are of practical use to wine marketers, who can use them to target potentially profitable consumers. They can also create marketing campaigns focused directly on a specific determinant and thus increase consumption, spending or both. Originality/value ‐ To the best of the authors' knowledge, this is the first study to analyze a broad range of lifestyle variables to predict wine consumption and spending on wine.

Keywords: Consumer behaviour; Lifestyles; Switzerland; Wines

Document Type: Research Article


Publication date: August 23, 2011

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