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Micro-marketing healthier choices: Effects of personalized ordering suggestions on restaurant purchases

Kelly Bedard () and Peter Kuhn ()

Journal of Health Economics, 2015, vol. 39, issue C, 106-122

Abstract: We study the effects of the Nutricate receipt, which makes personalized recommendations to switch from unhealthy to healthier items at a restaurant chain. We find that the receipts shifted the mix of items purchased toward the healthier alternatives. For example, the share of adult main dishes requesting “no sauce” increased by 6.8 percent, the share of kids’ meals with apples (instead of fries) rose by 7.0 percent and the share of breakfast sandwiches without sausage increased by 3.8 percent. The results illustrate the potential of emerging information technologies, which allow retailers to tailor product marketing to individual consumers, to generate healthier choices.

Keywords: Restaurant; Fast food; Marketing; Obesity; Calories; Fat (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 2015
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