Premium generic brand (PGB) choice vis-à-vis generic and national brands

A scenario comparison for self-use, family consumption and gift giving in a food versus non-food and cross-cultural context

Chris Baumann*, Hamin Hamin

*Corresponding author for this work

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Abstract

Purpose: The study models factors affecting brand category choice for generic as well as national brands, and next contrasts them to a new brand category: premium generic brands (PGB). PGB are a new occurrence in brand and product management, and consumer reactions to PGB are not yet well understood. Design/methodology/approach: Three purchase motivation scenarios were presented to 553 consumers to test for their purchase intentions for self-consumption, family use or gift giving. A quasi-experiment was chosen where respondents were exposed to store-like presentations of actual real life products and asked for their likelihood to choose the national or generic brand over the new PGB. The study applied multivariate testing such as MANOVA. Findings: Separate models were developed for food and non-food choice through backward deletion regression analyses, and the most parsimonious models revealed strong similarities for self as well as family consumption choices, but distinct drivers for gifts. Value for money, image and satisfaction are key factors in brand choice overall, but for gifts, 'image' overpowers all other predictors. Originality/value: The study identified the Chinese as a distinct consumer segment for brand choice since they are more open to potentially consider PGB as gifts, whereas Caucasians only buy national brands for gift giving.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)492-501
Number of pages10
JournalJournal of Retailing and Consumer Services
Volume21
Issue number4
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Jul 2014

Keywords

  • Caucasian consumers
  • Chinese consumers
  • Family consumption
  • Gift giving
  • Premium generic brands (PGB)
  • Self-use

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