May 13, 2018

14/05/2018: Does the use of phytogenics affect food choices amongst millennials?

by Delacon, Austria

According to a report commissioned by Delacon, the animal health feed additives innovators, results have suggested that Thai Millenials are forming their food choices based on what the animal they’re purchasing has been fed with.

The consensus given is that, “Thai consumers are ready to buy meat products raised with phytogenic feed additives.”

They look closely at product labels, gravitate to products “raised without antibiotics ever,” and are interested to know that phytogenics are used. It appears that knowing phytogenics “leave no harmful residue” would be influential to the majority.

The results show two-thirds (62%) of Thai millennial foodies look very closely at meat product labels and almost all Thai millennials are concerned enough to look closely at the label.

“The survey shows that millennials in Thailand are interested in knowing how their food is produced. The story of phytogenics, or plant-derived ingredients fed to chickens and pigs, would be very attractive for them to consider in their purchasing decision for meat products,” says Preecha Sapkitjakarn, Delacon Country Sales Manager in Thailand.

Thai millennial mindset: Safe, sustainable and without antibiotics
Phytogenic feed additives are standardised mixtures of herbs, spices, other plants, and their extracts with proven efficacy. To consumers, one could more visually talk about natural ingredients such as cinnamon, thyme, or cayenne pepper.

Phytogenics are used for their impact on animal wellness, gut health, and greenhouse gas emissions. The survey found their attributes fit into the belief and purchasing behavior of the majority of Thai millennials. Millennial foodies look for products that are “raised without antibiotics ever,” “raised in ways that reduce environmental impact,” and “certified organic” when choosing a specific brand of meat.

The survey also looked at product labeling concepts to see which phytogenic claims would be most important to Thai millennials. Overwhelmingly, the strongest claim for a brand of chicken or pork meat was “fed a diet that includes phytogenic ingredients which leave no harmful residue.”

“Delacon phytogenic feed additives are extensively tested to ensure safety in the feed-to-food chain. A product stamp showing meat raised with phytogenics could provide meaningful information that supports consumer purchasing confidence,” shares Gina Medina, Delacon Sales Group Leader Asia.

Read the full article, HERE.

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