Purpose: This study aims to investigate the influence of image and reputation of imported fresh fruits on consumer satisfaction and purchase intentions. The moderating role of familiarity with imported fruits was also assessed. Design/methodology/approach: A total of 332 Taiwanese consumers who had purchased imported Korean pears participated using an online survey and were grouped based on their familiarity to Korean pears. Multi-group analysis with structural equation modeling was used to test the hypotheses. Findings: Image and reputation of imported Korean pears were identified as predictors of the satisfaction and purchase intention. Multi-group analysis results found the moderating effect of familiarity between image and satisfaction. Images were identified as predictors of the satisfaction and purchase intention of imported Korean pears for consumers with low familiarity, whereas image did not show any influence on satisfaction for consumers with high familiarity. Originality/value: This study can contribute to the limited understanding of imported fresh fruit markets and provides insights into familiarity for consuming imported fresh fruits.
Bibliographical noteFunding Information:
This work was carried out with the support of “Cooperative Research Program for Agriculture Science and Technology Development (Project No. PJ01241601),” Rural Development Administration, Republic of Korea.We acknowledge the financial support of “Cooperative Research Program for Agriculture Science and Technology Development (Project No. PJ012416)” Rural Development Administration, Republic of Korea.
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- Imported fresh fruits
- Korean pears