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How do food consumption motivations and emotions affect the experiential values and well-being of foodies?

How do food consumption motivations and emotions affect the experiential values and well-being of foodies?

Chang, Janet, Morrison, Alastair ORCID: 0000-0002-0754-1083 , Lin, S. H.-H. and Ho, C.-Y. (2021) How do food consumption motivations and emotions affect the experiential values and well-being of foodies? British Food Journal, 123 (2). pp. 627-648. ISSN 0007-070X (doi:

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Travellers who love to try different foods and who frequently follow up on food-related news and topics consider themselves to be “foodies”. The main aim of this research was to identify the relationships among food consumption motivations, experiential values and well-being of foodies.
A questionnaire survey was distributed to foodies from the Chinese mainland, Hong Kong and Macao in March–May 2019 who were aged 18 and above and who had visited Taiwan within the prior two years. Some 480 valid responses were received based on intercepts at airports and the data, based on a conceptual model, were analysed through structural equation modelling (SEM).
Three paths among the key variables showed significant and positive relationships. Additionally, the mediating effect of food experiential values on emotions and well-being was identified.
Research limitations/implications
The findings provide insights for food and hospitality scholars and the related literature since “foodie” is a rather new concept that is lacking in sufficient empirical and conceptual research. The research examines the relationships among experiential values, motivations and emotions and their influences on the well-being of foodies. In past studies on food consumption motivations and emotions, food experiential values were not included as a variable of potential influence. The research subjects were confined to foodies from the Chinese mainland (including Hong Kong and Macao) who were in Taiwan. Hence, the generalisation based on the sample may be limited.
Practical implications
This research produces useful information on the behaviour of Chinese foodies when they are travelling. Preparers of food and beverages and tourism retailers should supply food that represents local cultural characteristics and design relevant local food souvenirs with the appropriate packaging.
Social implications
Communities need to realise that not all visitors are alike and that some have a deeper interest in local foods and their historical and cultural roots.
Although numerous studies on the behaviours of Chinese tourists have been conducted, the research on their food consumption characteristics is limited. To date, no empirical studies have examined the relationships among foodies, food consumption motivations, food experiential values, emotions and well-being of mainland Chinese tourists, which is a knowledge gap in understanding this important market segment.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: foodies; food experiential values; motivation; emotions; well-being
Subjects: B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BF Psychology
H Social Sciences > H Social Sciences (General)
H Social Sciences > HB Economic Theory
Faculty / School / Research Centre / Research Group: Faculty of Business
Last Modified: 06 May 2024 11:14

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