Measuring consumers’ interest in instant fortified pearl millet products: a field experiment in Touba, Senegal

Full Title: Measuring consumers' interest in instant fortified pearl millet products: a field experiment in Touba, Senegal

Journal: Journal of the Science of Food and Agriculture

Year of Publication: 2017

PHHI Author(s): Mario Ferruzzi
Publication Author(s): Hugo De Groote, Sarah W Kariuki, Djibril Traore, John Taylor, Mario G Ferruzzi, Bruce R Hamaker

Abstract:

BACKGROUND:

In Africa, food-processing industries are emerging fast, especially for cereals. New low-cost extrusion cookers give small enterprises an opportunity to enter the market for processed cereal products, in particular instant, fortified and flavoured mixes. Before engaging in the marketing of these products, consumers’ interest needs to be assessed. This study used a combination of affective tests and experimental auctions with 200 consumers in Touba, Senegal, to evaluate four new products with conventional pearl millet flour as the control: instant pearl millet flour, instant pearl millet flour with added dry mango and carrot powder (naturally fortified), and the previous products with added conventional chemical micronutrient fortificants.

RESULTS:

During affective tests, consumers made little distinction between the five products in appearance, aroma, taste and overall appreciation. The experimental auctions showed that, without providing additional information on the products, there was no difference in ‘willingness to pay’ (WTP) between them. However, after that information is provided, consumers were willing to pay a modest premium for instant flour, and a large premium for added mango and carrot extract and for added micronutrients, but were not willing to pay a premium if those micronutrients came from natural sources. Income increased overall WTP, while education increased WTP for instant flour.

CONCLUSION:

There is a potential market in low-income African countries for instant and fortified cereal food products, but likely in the higher income and education groups. The increased cost needs to be compared to the premiums consumers are willing to pay. In the next step, the new and promising products could be tested in pilot markets, with target consumers. © 2017 Society of Chemical Industry.

Link to Article: https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/28990670