Environment an increasingly important factor in consumers’ purchasing decisions, survey finds
28 August 2015 News
Tetra Paks' Environment Research 2015 global survey of some 6,000 consumers across 12 different countries revealed a growing appetite among consumers for products that tick the right environmental boxes.
When asked about recent purchasing habits, two-thirds said they have bought environmental products, even when they cost more, while around the same proportion have avoided specific brands or items due to environmental concerns.
Across the 12 countries surveyed, environmental factors were a considerably stronger influence on beverage brand choice in developing markets like China, Turkey, Brazil and India than in developed areas like the UK, the USA or Japan. Indeed, in India, China and Turkey, more than 60% of those surveyed said they always look for environmental information on the beverage products they buy, compared with less than 25% in the USA, UK and Japan.
In response, a parallel survey among food manufacturers showed that the majority of them have included environment as part of their business strategy. More than half are now sharply focused on using responsibly sourced materials, with more and more seeing renewable materials as a key element in product differentiation.
The Tetra Pak survey supports the findings from the 2014 PEFC Global Consumer Survey which showed a real desire from consumers around the world to purchase products from demonstrably sustainable sources. For the majority, the use of certification labels was key: more than 80% wanted companies sourcing certified material from sustainable managed forests to use certification labels and over half (54%) considered certification labels as the most reassuring proof that environmental and sustainable development considerations have been taken into account.
“Consumers expect companies to do more on environment these days, and are increasingly checking information about a product before they buy. As a partner to the dairy and beverage industry, Tetra Pak is committed to helping customers meet consumer expectations by looking at the whole life of the products we supply,” says Mario Abreu, Vice President Environment at Tetra Pak.
“This includes: sourcing raw materials responsibly, continuously improving energy efficiency in processing and filling lines, designing products that use more renewable materials and enable easier recycling, and providing specialist services to help customers reduce environmental impact in their own operations.”
About the research
Tetra Pak Environment Research has been conducted every two years since 2005. The 2015 edition polled over 6000 consumers and more than 200 food industry stakeholders in a total of 12 countries, including Brazil, China, France, Germany, Japan, India, Russia, South Africa, Sweden, Turkey, UK and USA. This year’s survey was conducted in partnership with Millward Brown.