One of our marketing classes is going to be doing some primary research on Orange Juice this term.
If you're in that class, see below for some initial thoughts on resources that might be helpful as you frame your topic and design your study.
(And if you're not in that class, but just want a sample topic to use as you explore our powerful market research resources... read on!)
1. PsycInfo and Business Source Complete
In PsycInfo, start with this rough search for articles about OJ and consumers/marketing as well as this broader search focused on consumer/market perspectives dealing with beverages in general and their nutrition/health aspects
- Lawless, L. J. R., Nayga, R. M., Jr., Akaichi, F., Meullenet, J.-F., Threlfall, R. T., & Howard, L. R. (2012). Willingness‐to‐pay for a nutraceutical‐rich juice blend. Journal of Sensory Studies, 27(5), 375–383. https://doi-org.proxy.lib.sfu.ca/10.1111/joss.12002
TIP: If an article isn't available fulltext in a database, click on Get@SFU to have our system check to see if we have it online.
- Olsen, N. V., Menichelli, E., Meyer, C., & Næs, T. (2011). Consumers’ liking of private labels An evaluation of intrinsic and extrinsic orange juice cues. Appetite, 56(3), 770–777. https://doi-org.proxy.lib.sfu.ca/10.1016/j.appet.2011.03.004
- Bi, X., Gao, Z., House, L. A., & Hausmann, D. S. (2015). Tradeoffs between sensory attributes and organic labels: the case of orange juice. International Journal of Consumer Studies, 39(2), 162–171. https://doi.org/10.1111/ijcs.12164
- Fornerino, M., & d’Hauteville, F. (2010). How good does it taste? Is it the product or the brand? A contribution to brand equity evaluation. Journal of Product & Brand Management, 19(1), 34–43. https://doi.org/10.1108/10610421011018374
- Imm, B., Heo, Y. W., Choi, W., & Kang, B. J. (2017). Relationship Among Freshness, Flavor and Texture Attributes of Fruit Juices. Journal of Food Processing & Preservation, 41(3). https://doi.org/10.1111/jfpp.12892
- Sample of article where the the scales used to measure consumer sensory preferences are provided:
Włodarska, K., Pawlak-Lemańska, K., Górecki, T., & Sikorska, E. (2016). Perception of Apple Juice: A Comparison of Physicochemical Measurements, Descriptive Analysis and Consumer Responses. Journal of Food Quality, 39(4), 351–361. https://doi.org/10.1111/jfq.12208
- Sample of article where college students were surveyed:
Mann T., Reeve, W. G., & Creed, P. G. (2002). A comparison of the acceptability to student consumers of three food products retailed at three ‘quality’ levels. Food Service Technology, 2(1), 13–18. https://doi.org/10.1046/j.1471-5740.2002.00028.x
2. Primary research
Many of the articles above will give you methodology ideas, but you may also want to try these sources:
- Marketing Scales Handbooks
A series of books (and ebooks) that list the scales/questions used in published academic market research, all indexed by the topic each question was meant to measure. Search each one separately, and be sure to look for broader concepts such as taste perception, rather than just focusing on OJ.
There's a good chance that other researchers have already developed and tested questionnaires to measure something close to what you are studying. Where the Marketing Scales Handbooks allow you to drill down to the level of specific questions on your topic, PsycTESTS is more focused on complete questionnaires. Need a Fruit and Vegetable Consumption among College Freshmen Measure, or maybe a Taste Preference Task? Start with PsycTESTS!
TIP: Don't check off the option to limit to fulltext in PsycTESTS as you will miss some good stuff! Scan the non-fulltext entries for any clues as to what articles the tests covered were published in, then search for those articles. For instance, The Taste Preference Task mentioned above is available in this article.
- Bonus... Ebook: Sensory Evaluation of Food: Principles and Practices: Scientific perspective, but it might help you understand some of the issues you'll need to prepare for in designing taste tests.
A keyword search for juice in Passport will dig up a lot of information, but I'd suggest browsing first: go to Industries (top of main screen) > then Soft Drinks > then select the Juice category. Then explore the Statistics, Country Reports, and Analysis sections. This should get you market sizes and trends, brand shares, and such reports and articles as...
- Juice in Canada
- Juice in the US
- World Reduced Sugar Juice Outlook
- Organic Juice: An Expanding Source of Growth, with Challenges
- Freshly Squeezed: The Global Juice Market in 2015
Statista can provide a shortcut to relevant statistics buried in articles and reports throughout the web (including some sources that aren't freely available).
Examples of the barcharts you can find in Statista:
- Consumption of orange juice in Canada from 2010/11 to 2017/18
- Importance of buying "healthy" food and beverage products among U.S. consumers as of May 2018, by category
Vividata provides detailed data on Canadian consumers of different forms and brands of orange juice, including detailed data on the demographics and psychographics of those consumers. See this screen capture for a sense of the type of data available.
IBISWorld reports are on industries, rather than markets, but that perspective can also be useful. Look, especially, for the following reports:
- Juice Production in Canada
- Frozen Fruit & Juice Production in the US
- Juice & Smoothie Bars in the US
7. Industry associations
As I was researching this topic, I came across some reports by industry associations. Such sources may help you understand your product/industry in more depth, and they may include new ways of describing your target products and typical consumer expectations/concerns. I thought I'd list one such source for you:
- European Fruit Juice association (AIJN):
8. Taste Tests
As a bonus for reading all the way down to the bottom, here's a link to an earlier post that I wrote on taste tests and primary research. I've duplicated some of those resources in this post, but not all of them. Remember (again) to think broadly -- beyond OJ, juice, or even just beverages -- when seeking information to help you design your study.
* Hoegg, J., & Alba, J. W. (2007). Taste Perception: More than Meets the Tongue. Journal of Consumer Research, 33(4), 490–498. https://doi.org/10.1086/510222
I hope that's enough to get you started! If you need more, stop by the library to chat with my colleagues.
Good luck with your research!
Business & Economics Librarian