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Type: Journal article
Title: U.S. consumer preference and willingness-to-pay for domestic corn-fed beef versus international grass-fed beef measured through an experimental auction
Author: Umberger, W.
Feuz, D.
Calkins, C.
Killinger, K.
Citation: Agribusiness (New York), 2004; 18(4):491-504
Publisher: John Wiley & Sons, Inc.
Issue Date: 2004
ISSN: 0742-4477
1520-6297
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Wendy J. Umberger, Dillon M. Feuz, Chris R. Calkins, Karen Killinger-Mann
Abstract: Experimental auction procedures were used to measure Chicago and San Francisco consumers' willingness-to-pay for beef flavor from domestic, corn-fed beef versus Argentine, grass-fed beef. Based on taste panel rankings and bid differentials between paired steak samples, consumers were grouped into one of three beef-preference categories: corn-fed beef preferring, grass-fed beef preferring, and indifferent. A multinomial logit model and regression analysis were used to identify consumers who prefer a particular flavor of beef. On average, consumers were willing to pay a 30.6% premium for corn-fed beef. Sixty-two percent of the participants were willing to pay an average premium of $1.61 more per pound for the corn-fed beef, 23% of the consumers were willing to pay a premium of $1.36 more per pound for the grass-fed beef, only 15% of the consumers were indifferent. The results have important implications for country-of-origin labeling of beef products, as well as niche marketing of corn-fed and grass-fed beef.
RMID: 0020072150
DOI: 10.1002/agr.10034
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