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EMAC 2020 Annual Conference

Conflicting Goals; Calorie Attentiveness and Food Bundle Choice

Published: May 27, 2020


Oladunni Omebere-Iyari, University of Manchester; Hongwei He, Alliance Manchester Business School, The University of Manchester; Panagiotis Sarantopoulos, Alliance Manchester Business School, The University of Manchester


Bundle pricing; Calorie attentiveness; Self-regulation


Policymakers globally are interested in interventions that address the obesity epidemic. The restaurant industry, however, continues to promote less healthy, discounted food bundles. In this research we investigate the interplay of food bundle pricing and calorie attentiveness and the resultant goals conflict (i.e., saving money vs eating healthy). We further investigate the potential to resolve this conflict by the type of meal bundle offered (low-calorie bundle vs high-calorie bundle) and determine the efficacy of self-regulatory orientations in resisting the financial incentives of meal deals. Results across three online experiments using meal bundles in cinema (N = 399), fast food (N = 295) and grocery store (N = 148) contexts, reveal that calorie attentive consumers with a prevention focus regulatory orientation are less likely to find the bundle discount attractive and thus more likely to forgo meal deals. However, this effect was attenuated when low-calorie bundles were offered.