In order to increase the consumption of wholegrain products or grain products with functional properties, it is important to understand consumer beliefs about such products and the impact of health claims. In a series of consumer studies several differences were found between countries. While consumers in Finland, Italy and the UK saw wholegrain products as having positive attributes, those in Finland had more negative beliefs about refined grain products. Health claims and wholegrain labels increased perceived healthiness but had a less positive impact on likelihood of buying, and in Italy both health claims and wholegrain labels even decreased the likelihood of buying.
Shepherd, R., Dean, M., Lampila, P., Arvola, A., Saba, A., Vassallo, M., Claupein, E., Winkelmann, M., & Lähteenmäki, L. (2012). Communicating the benefits of wholegrain and functional grain products to European consumers. Trends in Food Science and Technology, 25(2), 63-69. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.tifs.2012.01.002