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International Journal of Wine Business Research

ISSN: 1751-1062
Previously published as: International Journal of Wine Marketing

Online from: 2007

Subject Area: Marketing

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Women wine consumers: information search and retailing implications

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Title:Women wine consumers: information search and retailing implications
Author(s):Thomas Atkin, (Sonoma State University, Rohnert Park, California, USA), Linda Nowak, (Sonoma State University, Rohnert Park, California, USA), Rosanna Garcia, (Northeastern University, Boston, Massachusetts, USA)
Citation:Thomas Atkin, Linda Nowak, Rosanna Garcia, (2007) "Women wine consumers: information search and retailing implications", International Journal of Wine Business Research, Vol. 19 Iss: 4, pp.327 - 339
Keywords:Consumers, Gender, Information searches, Retailing, Wines
Article type:Research paper
DOI:10.1108/17511060710837454 (Permanent URL)
Publisher:Emerald Group Publishing Limited

Purpose – The purpose of this research is to examine gender differences in information search procedures and selection criteria relative to purchase situation and social and financial risk aversion.

Design/methodology/approach – An online questionnaire was completed by 497 males and 877 females in the USA. A total of 88 percent of the respondents stated that they drank wine at least once per week. Participants were obtained by sending e-mails to customer lists provided by wine-related organizations.

Findings – Findings suggest that, if a consumer is unsure about making a wine selection, women are more apt than men to seek information from store personnel, a server, sommelier, or winery personnel. Labels and shelf tags are also significantly more important for women. While winery region is very important to both men and women, women rely on medals and awards more than men.

Research limitations/implications – Consumers who are not necessarily comfortable with using the internet would not have had an opportunity to participate in this study.

Practical implications – The differences by gender in the importance of and the usage of various information sources could help retailers prioritize their communication methods in US stores. Store personnel, servers, sommeliers, and winery personnel should be well-prepared to answer questions and make recommendations.

Originality/value – Women buy 80 percent of the wine sold in the USA. This study helps retailers understand their preferences and how to assist them more effectively in their purchase decisions.

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