Consumer behavior - people intolerant to gluten and gluten-free offer in the public catering sector

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Background: Following a lifelong gluten-free diet may be very difficult for the involved individuals, especially when visiting restaurants and other dining establishments. Aims: With respect to the growing popularity and public interest in the gluten-free diet and other specific food allergies, the objective was to determine what are the current consumer preferences of celiacs when eating out and what is their view on the relevant food offer in the public catering sector. The other objective was to examine the dependence of the selected traits important for the consumer behavior in the decision-making process when choosing dining facilities. Methods: We used a comparative research with a combination of quantitative and qualitative research in the Czech Republic. The contingency tables were used to evaluate the data obtained from the research. Results: We interviewed 603 celiac consumers. We demonstrated the positive correlation between the economic status and selection of dining facilities in the case of public catering, between the frequency of eating out in a restaurant and available discounts and special offers and the selection of the dining facility type, as well as other factors influencing the purchase of a particular food.




Šálková, D., & Hošková, P. (2016). Consumer behavior - people intolerant to gluten and gluten-free offer in the public catering sector. Emirates Journal of Food and Agriculture, 28(4), 271–276.

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