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Demographics and beef preferences affect consumer motivation for purchasing fresh beef steaks and roasts.

Department of Animal and Food Sciences, Texas Tech University, Box 42141, Lubbock, TX 79409, USA.
Meat Science (Impact Factor: 2.75). 04/2011; 87(4):403-11. DOI: 10.1016/j.meatsci.2010.11.018
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ABSTRACT Surveys completed by 1370 consumers determined the motivational factors affecting consumer purchasing decisions for fresh beef steaks and roasts in three regions in the United States. Females placed greater importance on tenderness, ease of preparation, and nutritional value of steaks and roasts when compared to males. Age influenced tenderness, product consistency, and nutritional value of steaks, but influenced flavor, product consistency, and nutritional value of roasts. Consumers felt juiciness, nutritional value, and natural products were less important in determining their purchasing choices of steaks and roasts as their level of education increased. The preferred degree of doneness of steaks influenced the value placed on six of the nine purchasing motivators. Beef preferences and demographics influenced consumer purchasing decisions for fresh beef steaks and roasts. Results from this study can be used to help identify factors to positively influence purchasing decisions within targeted market segments.

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