UK Consumer Reactions to Organic Certification Logos

Catherine Gerrard, Meike Janssen, Laurence Smith, Ulrich Hamm, Susanne Padel

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Purpose: The purpose of this paper is to consider whether UK consumers recognise and trust organic certification logos and whether the presence of these logos on a product increases consumer willingness to pay for that product.
Design/methodology/approach: To ascertain the reaction of UK consumers to organic certification logos commonly used in the UK, this study makes use of three methods: focus groups, a consumer survey and a willingness to pay experiment (choice experiment).
Findings: These three approaches reveal that UK consumers associate certain benefits with organic foods but are generally unaware of how the industry is regulated. With regards to trust of the logo, the standards they think underlie the logo and the inspection system that they think is associated with the logo, UK consumers rate the Soil Association and Organic Farmers and Growers logos more highly than the EU logo or products labelled with just the word “organic”. They appear willing to pay a premium for the additional assurance that these two logos provide, suggesting that where they are recognised, certification logos are valued.
Originality/value: To the authors' knowledge, no previous studies exist on whether UK consumers recognise and trust different organic certification logos. These findings show that where such logos are recognised they can help to give some assurance to the UK consumer and this is reflected in a willingness to pay a premium for foods labelled with the Soil Association and Organic Farmers and Growers certification logos, as opposed to no logo or the (less well known) EU logo.
Original languageEnglish
JournalBritish Food Journal
Issue number5
Pages (from-to)727-742
Number of pages16
Publication statusPublished - 2013
Externally publishedYes


  • United Kingdom
  • Consumer behaviour
  • Organic foods
  • Logos
  • Consumer perceptions
  • Certification logos

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