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Food shopping transition: socio-economic characteristics and motivations associated with use of supermarkets in a North African urban environment.
Public Health Nutr. 2010 Sep; 13(9):1410-8.PH

Abstract

OBJECTIVE

In the context of the nutrition transition and associated changes in the food retail sector, to examine the socio-economic characteristics and motivations of shoppers using different retail formats (large supermarkets (LSM), medium-sized supermarkets (MSM) or traditional outlets) in Tunisia.

DESIGN

Cross-sectional survey (2006). Socio-economic status, type of food retailer and motivations data were collected during house visits. Associations between socio-economic factors and type of retailer were assessed by multinomial regression; correspondence analysis was used to analyse declared motivations.

SETTING

Peri-urban area around Tunis, Tunisia, North Africa.

SUBJECTS

Clustered random sample of 724 households.

RESULTS

One-third of the households used LSM, two-thirds used either type of supermarket, but less than 5 % used supermarkets only. Those who shopped for food at supermarkets were of higher socio-economic status; those who used LSM were much wealthier, more often had a steady income or owned a credit card, while MSM users were more urban and had a higher level of education. Most households still frequently used traditional outlets, mostly their neighbourhood grocer. Reasons given for shopping at the different retailers were most markedly leisure for LSM, while for the neighbourhood grocer the reasons were fidelity, proximity and availability of credit (the latter even more for lower-income customers).

CONCLUSIONS

The results pertain to the transition in food shopping practices in a south Mediterranean country; they should be considered in the context of growing inequalities in health linked to the nutritional transition, as they differentiate use and motivations for the choice of supermarkets v. traditional food retailers according to socio-economic status.

Authors+Show Affiliations

Mixed Research Unit 204 NUTRIPASS (IRD/Montpellier I/Montpellier II), Montpellier, France. sotessier@yahoo.frNo affiliation info availableNo affiliation info availableNo affiliation info availableNo affiliation info availableNo affiliation info availableNo affiliation info available

Pub Type(s)

Journal Article
Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

Language

eng

PubMed ID

20353618

Citation

Tessier, Sophie, et al. "Food Shopping Transition: Socio-economic Characteristics and Motivations Associated With Use of Supermarkets in a North African Urban Environment." Public Health Nutrition, vol. 13, no. 9, 2010, pp. 1410-8.
Tessier S, Traissac P, Bricas N, et al. Food shopping transition: socio-economic characteristics and motivations associated with use of supermarkets in a North African urban environment. Public Health Nutr. 2010;13(9):1410-8.
Tessier, S., Traissac, P., Bricas, N., Maire, B., Eymard-Duvernay, S., El Ati, J., & Delpeuch, F. (2010). Food shopping transition: socio-economic characteristics and motivations associated with use of supermarkets in a North African urban environment. Public Health Nutrition, 13(9), 1410-8. https://doi.org/10.1017/S1368980010000601
Tessier S, et al. Food Shopping Transition: Socio-economic Characteristics and Motivations Associated With Use of Supermarkets in a North African Urban Environment. Public Health Nutr. 2010;13(9):1410-8. PubMed PMID: 20353618.
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TY - JOUR T1 - Food shopping transition: socio-economic characteristics and motivations associated with use of supermarkets in a North African urban environment. AU - Tessier,Sophie, AU - Traissac,Pierre, AU - Bricas,Nicolas, AU - Maire,Bernard, AU - Eymard-Duvernay,Sabrina, AU - El Ati,Jalila, AU - Delpeuch,Francis, Y1 - 2010/03/31/ PY - 2010/4/1/entrez PY - 2010/4/1/pubmed PY - 2010/12/14/medline SP - 1410 EP - 8 JF - Public health nutrition JO - Public Health Nutr VL - 13 IS - 9 N2 - OBJECTIVE: In the context of the nutrition transition and associated changes in the food retail sector, to examine the socio-economic characteristics and motivations of shoppers using different retail formats (large supermarkets (LSM), medium-sized supermarkets (MSM) or traditional outlets) in Tunisia. DESIGN: Cross-sectional survey (2006). Socio-economic status, type of food retailer and motivations data were collected during house visits. Associations between socio-economic factors and type of retailer were assessed by multinomial regression; correspondence analysis was used to analyse declared motivations. SETTING: Peri-urban area around Tunis, Tunisia, North Africa. SUBJECTS: Clustered random sample of 724 households. RESULTS: One-third of the households used LSM, two-thirds used either type of supermarket, but less than 5 % used supermarkets only. Those who shopped for food at supermarkets were of higher socio-economic status; those who used LSM were much wealthier, more often had a steady income or owned a credit card, while MSM users were more urban and had a higher level of education. Most households still frequently used traditional outlets, mostly their neighbourhood grocer. Reasons given for shopping at the different retailers were most markedly leisure for LSM, while for the neighbourhood grocer the reasons were fidelity, proximity and availability of credit (the latter even more for lower-income customers). CONCLUSIONS: The results pertain to the transition in food shopping practices in a south Mediterranean country; they should be considered in the context of growing inequalities in health linked to the nutritional transition, as they differentiate use and motivations for the choice of supermarkets v. traditional food retailers according to socio-economic status. SN - 1475-2727 UR - https://www.unboundmedicine.com/medline/citation/20353618/Food_shopping_transition:_socio_economic_characteristics_and_motivations_associated_with_use_of_supermarkets_in_a_North_African_urban_environment_ L2 - https://www.cambridge.org/core/product/identifier/S1368980010000601/type/journal_article DB - PRIME DP - Unbound Medicine ER -