A consumer‐oriented segmentation study in the Swiss wine market

Brunner, Thomas; Siegrist, Michael (2011). A consumer‐oriented segmentation study in the Swiss wine market British Food Journal, 113(3), pp. 353-373. Emerald Publishing Limited 10.1108/00070701111116437

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Purpose– The main objectives of this study are to develop a comprehensive questionnaire and toanalyze the nature of wine market segments. Past research has focused on involvement, lifestyle ormotives as segmentation criteria. The present study seeks to combine all three perspectives.Design/methodology/approach– A postal paper-and-pencil survey was sent out randomly usingaddresses from the telephone book in the German-speaking part of Switzerland, resulting in a finalsample size ofn¼929.Findings– A principal component analysis identified 17 factors with satisfactory reliability coefficients.Using factor scores, a hierarchical cluster analysis was run, resulting in six wine consumer segments.These segments were further analyzed and described as: the price-conscious wine consumer; the involved,knowledgeable wine consumer; the image-oriented wine consumer; the indifferent wine consumer; thebasic wine consumer; and the enjoyment-oriented, social wine consumer.Research limitations/implications– The methodology used to identify the wine consumersegments was exploratory. It is recommended that future work should continue to develop andvalidate such a methodology for the wine industry.Practical implications– Wine producers and marketers should appreciate that there are differentsegments of wine consumers. The information provided by this research is useful for marketers whoseek to gain a competitive advantage through differentiation.Originality/value– This paper contributes to the academic literature by presenting a usefulextension to the available segmentation literature. Combining different approaches for segmenting amarket proved to be a fruitful method in identifying wine consumer segments.

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Journal Article (Original Article)


School of Agricultural, Forest and Food Sciences HAFL > Consumer-focused Food Production


Brunner, Thomas0000-0002-6770-6548 and
Siegrist, Michael


H Social Sciences > H Social Sciences (General)




Emerald Publishing Limited




Thomas Brunner

Date Deposited:

29 Apr 2020 11:13

Last Modified:

23 Sep 2021 02:17

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Uncontrolled Keywords:

Wines, Market segmentation, Switzerland





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