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Analysis of Factors Affecting Fresh Milk Consumption among the Mid-Country Consumers

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AEN De Alwis ,

Department of Agribusiness Management, Faculty of Agriculture and Plantation Management, Wayamba University of Sri Lanka, Makandura, Gonawila (NWP), LK
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JC Edirisinghe,

Department of Agribusiness Management, Faculty of Agriculture and Plantation Management, Wayamba University of Sri Lanka, Makandura, Gonawila (NWP), LK
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AMTP Athauda

Department of Agribusiness Management, Faculty of Agriculture and Plantation Management, Wayamba University of Sri Lanka, Makandura, Gonawila (NWP), LK
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Abstract

This study focused on analysing the consumer attitudes, demographic and economic factors that affecting fresh milk consumption among the mid-country consumers of Sri Lanka. Data were collected through a consumer survey conducted in Kandy district at randomly selected super markets, groceries, milk bars and retail shops. Factor analysis was carried out in order to weigh up the consumer attitudes and factor scores were introduced to the final model as independent variables which can be categorized as cost and usage, nutrition, sensory factors and availability. An ordered logistic regression was carried out to find out the relationships between number of demographic and socio-economic characteristics of consumers such as age, gender, level of education, income, size and composition of the household, ethnic group and presence of diseases that affect fresh milk consumption. Results from estimation of a ordered logistic regression model of consumption show age of the respondent, cost and usage related attitudinal factor and Nutrition related attitudinal factors are the key determinants of milk consumption levels; however, household monthly income, health problems affect on fresh milk consumption and level of education play a more important role in consumption. Finally, these findings suggest the marketing strategies which are most suitable to fit with the consumer expectations.

Key words: Attitudes; Fresh milk consumption; Ordered Logistic Regression; Sri Lanka

DOI: 10.4038/tare.v12i2.2799

Tropical Agricultural Research & Extension 12(2): 2009 pp.103-109
DOI: http://doi.org/10.4038/tare.v12i2.2799
How to Cite: De Alwis, A., Edirisinghe, J. & Athauda, A., (2011). Analysis of Factors Affecting Fresh Milk Consumption among the Mid-Country Consumers. Tropical Agricultural Research and Extension. 12(2), pp.103–109. DOI: http://doi.org/10.4038/tare.v12i2.2799
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