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AAWE Working Paper No. 165 – Economics

 

Hide the Label, hide the Difference?

Johan Almenberg, Anna Dreber & Robin Goldstein

Abstract

Marketing and packaging are substantial expenditures in many consumer products industries. We look at one such industry, mass-market lager beer, and show that when consumers taste blind, they cannot distinguish between three major competing beer brands. Our results suggest that brand loyalty in this market is likely to be driven largely by marketing and packaging, and not by the underlying sensory properties of the competing products.

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