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Social food pleasure : When sharing offline, online and for society promotes pleasurable and healthy food experiences and well-being

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Purpose

The purpose of this paper is to introduce and define social food pleasure as a new conceptual framework that can promote pleasurable and healthy food experiences.

Design/methodology/approach

By reviewing the literature related to food well-being and pleasure primarily from marketing and management fields and by looking at current trends appealing to food consumers and food enjoyers, the authors propose a new conceptual framework of social food pleasure.

Findings

The authors conceptualize social food pleasure as “the enjoyment derived from the acts of sharing food experiences offline, online, and for society at large, that positively contributes to consumers’ overall pleasure and satisfaction with consumer’s food consumption”. Moreover, the authors identify three key contexts of applications of social food pleasure. Sharing offline relates to the social activities that can help achieve pleasure with food. Sharing online concerns new media tools which allow for the connection between consumers and food to enhance food pleasure. Sharing for society considers the current pleasure of consumers derived from having a positive social experience based on food consumption.

Originality/value

By defining social food pleasure and proposing a conceptual framework of the three contexts of application, the authors advance the understanding of what constitutes pleasurable food experiences, connecting it to healthy food choices and well-being.

Keywords: Food; Health; Pleasure; Sharing; Social food pleasure; Well-being

Document Type: Research Article

Affiliations: 1: Department of Business Economics, Health and Social Care, University of Applied Sciences and Arts of Southern Switzerland, SUPSI, Manno, Switzerland 2: Università della Svizzera italiana, Lugano, Switzerland 3: Fowler College of Business, San Diego State University, San Diego, CA, USA

Publication date: September 9, 2019

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