Journal article

Exploring Meal and Snacking Behaviour of Older Adults in Australia and China

Behannis Mena, Hollis Ashman, Frank R Dunshea, Scott Hutchings, Minh Ha, Robyn D Warner

Foods | MDPI | Published : 2020


Sensory perception and food preferences change as we age. This paper encompassed two studies with the aim being to investigate meal and snacking behaviour of older adults towards food, especially meat products, and understand the desirable characteristics of those products. A qualitative multivariate analysis (QMA) focus group with Australian and Chinese older (60-81 years old) adults was conducted. A conjoint concept database was used to determine older consumers' wants and needs for food in Australia and China. The QMA suggested that Australian consumers are not eating a proper breakfast or dinner but are 'snacking' throughout the day. In contrast, Chinese consumers are eating three regula..

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Awarded by Australian Government through the AUSTRALIAN RESEARCH COUNCIL

Funding Acknowledgements

This research was funded by The University of Melbourne through granting the Melbourne Research Scholarship to undertake the PhD degree under this study was conducted. The conjoint study was supported by the Australian Government through the AUSTRALIAN RESEARCH COUNCIL (Grant number IH120100053) "Unlocking the Food Value Chain: Australian industry transformation for ASEAN markets".