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Year : 2021  |  Volume : 11  |  Issue : 2  |  Page : 108-117

A Hidden Gem in the World of Natural Syrup Market: Consumer’s Preferences of Date Syrup in an Emerging Market

1 Marketing Department, College of Economics and Political Science, Sultan Qaboos University, Muscat, Sultanate of Oman
2 Ted Rogers School of Management, Ryerson University, Toronto, Canada
3 Department of Biomedical Engineering, School of Engineering and Physical Sciences, University of Guelph, Guelph, Ontario, Canada
4 Aborton Limited, Dental and Medical Instruments Trading, Dhaka, Bangladesh

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Amanat Ali
Visiting Research Professor, Department of Biomedical Engineering, School of Engineering and Physical Sciences, University of Guelph, Albert A. Thornbrough Building, 50 Stone Road East, Guelph, Ontario, Canada, N1G 2W1.
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DOI: 10.4103/ijnpnd.ijnpnd_111_20

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Background: Understanding consumer’s preferences in the development and marketing of date syrup is crucial for developing its global market. Limited studies have attempted to understand the issues related to consumer’s preferences for date syrup, even though such understandings are essentials for its effective marketing as a promising alternative natural syrup. The present study was therefore conducted to investigate the sensory properties, purchase attributes, and usages of date-syrup among the consumers in Pakistan. Design, Methodology, and Approach: A total of 135 consumers, comprising students, faculty, and staff from three different universities in Pakistan, participated in this study. The study questionnaire included sensory tests, rank order of brands tests, and rating of purchase-related attribute tests to evaluate the consumer preferences for date-syrup. Findings and Implications: The results showed that consumers prefer a great taste, least sweet, least thick, smoothest, most soluble, medium dark in color, and mouthfeel date syrup. Additionally, a reasonable price, good packaging, and no added sugar were the purchase-important attributes of date syrup. The purchase attributes did not differ across varying demographics. These findings indicate that the enterprises striving to promote date syrup as an alternative sweetener should pay greater attention to customer-preferred sensory properties, usages, and purchase-related attributes. Conclusion: This is the first study that evaluated the consumer’s preferences for date syrup in Pakistan. The results suggest that consumers prefer the great taste, smoothness, reasonable price, good packaging, and no added sugar as purchase-important attributes for date syrup. Therefore, enterprises promoting the use of date syrup as an alternate sweetener must concentrate on these aspects for its effective marketing.

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