Effects of Message Framing and Information Source on Consumers' Attitudes toward an Amino Acid-Based Alternative Meat Curing System. Academic Article uri icon


  • Recently, meat scientists have developed an innovative amino acid-based alternative meat curing system (AAACS). However, consumer skepticism toward novel foods presents challenges regarding the acceptance of food innovations like the AAACS. Effective communication about this and other food technologies is critical. Our study was a 2 4 randomized factorial between-groups experiment that investigated how two peripheral cues-message frame and information source-impact attitudes toward the AAACS. We used Qualtrics to randomly assign participants to one of eight treatment groups. Each group viewed a different video about the AAACS. Then, all participants were asked about their attitudes toward the alternative meat curing system. Data were analyzed using a two-way multivariate analysis of variance (MANOVA). The two-way MANOVA determined concurrently the experimental effects of message frame and information source on information recall, trust, source expertise, source credibility, and anticipated consumption behavior. A significant MANOVA was followed up using Discriminant Function Analysis (DFA). A significant main effect was found for information source. The DFA revealed only one significant underlying function and that source expertise was the most powerful discriminating variable for information source.

published proceedings

  • Foods

author list (cited authors)

  • Chambers, A. V., Baker, M. T., Leggette, H. R., Osburn, W. N., & Lu, P.

citation count

  • 0

complete list of authors

  • Chambers, Amber Vonona||Baker, Mathew T||Leggette, Holli R||Osburn, Wesley N||Lu, Peng

publication date

  • April 2023


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