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Can innovations in traditional pork products help thriving EU untapped pig breeds? A non-hypothetical discrete choice experiment with hedonic evaluation.

Authors
  • Kallas, Z1
  • Varela, E2
  • Čandek-Potokar, M3
  • Pugliese, C4
  • Cerjak, M5
  • Tomažin, U3
  • Karolyi, D5
  • Aquilani, C4
  • Vitale, M6
  • Gil, J M2
  • 1 CREDA-UPC-IRTA, Centre for Agro-food Economy & Development, Castelldefels, Spain. Electronic address: [email protected] , (Spain)
  • 2 CREDA-UPC-IRTA, Centre for Agro-food Economy & Development, Castelldefels, Spain. , (Spain)
  • 3 KIS, Agricultural Institute of Slovenia, Ljubljana, Slovenia. , (Slovenia)
  • 4 UNIFI, Universita Degli Studi Di Firenze, Florence, Italy. , (Italy)
  • 5 Faculty of Agriculture, UNIZG, University of Zagreb, Zagreb, Croatia. , (Croatia)
  • 6 Product Quality Program, IRTA, Institute of Agrifood Research and Technology, Monells, Spain. , (Spain)
Type
Published Article
Journal
Meat science
Publication Date
Apr 11, 2019
Volume
154
Pages
75–85
Identifiers
DOI: 10.1016/j.meatsci.2019.04.011
PMID: 31004943
Source
Medline
Keywords
Language
English
License
Unknown

Abstract

The EU is supporting measures that stimulate enhanced value-added products in order to conserve local and threatened livestock breeds. Several Traditional Pork Products (TPP) and Innovative Traditional Pork Products (ITPP) with health innovations from four untapped pig breeds in Spain (Porc Negre Mallorquí), Croatia (Turopolje), Italy (Cinta Senese) and Slovenia (Krškopolje) were analysed. Consumers' "Non-hypothetical" willingness to pay (WTP) and hedonic evaluation were investigated. An integrated experimental approach using two Non-Hypothetical Discrete Choice Experiment (NH-DCE) was carried out before and after a hedonic evaluation test. Results showed that the health innovative products (ITPP) received similar and even lower WTP than the "control" products (TPP) from the untapped pig breeds. The TPP outperformed products enriched with healthy ingredients or with reduced undesirable compounds. The potential demand for traditional and "unaltered" product from the rustic pig breeds could contribute to their conservation. A market niche exists, where consumers appreciate these high-quality products and where no "add-ons" are required to enhance their uptake. Copyright © 2019 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.

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