A research article written by Riikka Puhakka et al. has been published in the Journal of International Consumer Marketing. One of the megatrends that affects consumers’ preferences is a growing interest in health, well-being and self-care. The study explores consumer perceptions of a health-enhancing nature-based substance. Based on a survey data (N = 944) collected among national and international students in Finland, the authors examined factors that affect young adults’ willingness to try products containing the substance. The results showed a relatively high willingness to try the products, particularly among female and non-Finnish respondents. Relationship to nature and beliefs related to the health benefits or risks of soil microbes influenced willingness to try products. The results highlight the importance of accounting for consumer perceptions in the innovation process.
Journal of International Consumer Marketing: Factors Affecting Young Adults’ Willingness to Try Novel Health-Enhancing Nature-Based Products