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Foodies in the UK: A Sense of Self, Connection and Belonging Beyond the Passion?

Gad Mohsen, Marwa (2016) Foodies in the UK: A Sense of Self, Connection and Belonging Beyond the Passion? In: Academy of Marketing Science Annual Conference, 18th-20th May, 2016, Walt Disney World, Lake Buena Vista, Florida. (Unpublished)

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The global rise of the Foodie movement has attracted some research attention as well as critique in the food industry trend followers, but little research attention in marketing research. The present study looks at the ‘Foodie’ phenomenon in the UK and aims to extend how the notion has been coined in literature through a qualitative investigation of a sample of self-professed Foodies. The objective is to provide an in-depth understanding of what it means to be a Foodie at the individual and group levels, probing attitudes, motivations and self-awareness. Results indicate that the term Foodie cannot be used as an implicit definition of someone ‘simply interested in food’; the capacity of the Foodie may be dependent on individual involvement and the level of importance along the five emerging themes; these being: Learning and discovery; Pleasure and enjoyment; Inspirational influences; Quality; and Experiencing food as an individual and in connection with others. Findings imply that there might be different levels of Foodies, leading to a start on developing a Foodie Typology. The study poses implications for food marketers and researchers that can assist in more effective segmentation, efficient targeting and tailored positioning, as well as opportunities for future research.

Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Paper)
Uncontrolled Discrete Keywords: foodies, discovery, enjoyment, connection, sense of self, UK
Subjects: B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BF Psychology
Divisions: College of Business, Psychology and Sport > Worcester Business School
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Depositing User: Janet Davidson
Date Deposited: 12 Apr 2016 12:14
Last Modified: 17 Jun 2020 17:10

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