Consumer science is an ever-expanding field that ILSI Europe has driven forward over the years. Without knowing about consumer behaviour, and how and why consumers choose certain foods over others, we cannot learn how to improve food products.
ILSI Europe is currently tackling consumer science via two parallel initiatives, the Horizon 2020 EU-funded project SUSFANS ‘Metrics, Models and Foresight for European SUStainable Food and Nutrition Security’ and ILSI Europe’s new Strategic Issues Process that recognised the topic of ‘Consumer Behaviour Determinants’ as a key priority.
SUSFANS project’s scope includes, but is not limited to, investigating the impact of policies on consumer choice and subsequent implications for nutrition and public health in the EU.
ILSI Europe’s Strategic Issues Committee selected the topic of ‘Consumer Behaviour Determinants’. Champions were invited to develop a New Activity Proposal (NAP) focusing on ‘Nudging and Sustainable Changes towards Healthier Food Choices’.
A new activity on ’Nudging and Sustainable Changes towards Healthier Food Choices’, resulting from ILSI Europe’s Strategic Issues Process, will kick-off soon.
A potential new activity on ‘Behaviour Determinants Driving Consumers towards Food Waste’ is under development.
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