Marketing the Mediterranean Diet: Some Comments on Issues and Opportunities

"The Mediterranean Diet" is a commonly used term in the U.S. denoting healthful eating and a healthy lifestyle. It appears to be inspired by the traditional diets of two Mediterranean countries based on post-World War II studies conducted in Naples, Italy and Crete. Popularization of the Mediterranean diet is associated with increased demand for red wine and olive oil in the United States. As noted in the American Heart Association (AHA) website, there is no one "Mediterranean" diet. The Mediterranean diet, as typically presented, appears to be inspired by traditional diets in Southern Italy, Greece, and Spain. The AHA outlines the common characteristics of the Mediterranean dietary pattern. At least two non-profit organizations promote their version of a Mediterranean diet pyramid, and hundreds of books present their version of the Mediterranean diet. There appears to be an outstanding opportunity for a well-funded and motivated organization to effectively market a Mediterranean diet plan, based on accepted marketing models. Research on market segments, product definition and product positioning will be required. Questions to be considered relate to the effectiveness of diet pyramids, diet benefits sought by various consumer segments, and the medical and health benefits of individual food products as documented by medical and nutrition research. Examples of the health and nutrition research and promotion programs for four California commodity groups provide information on an alternative approach to presenting information on diet and health.

Issue Date:
Publication Type:
Conference Paper/ Presentation
DOI and Other Identifiers:
Record Identifier:
PURL Identifier:
Total Pages:
Series Statement:
103rd EAAE Seminar 'Adding Value to the Agro-Food Supply Chain in the Future Euromediterranean Space'

 Record created 2017-04-01, last modified 2019-08-26

Download fulltext

Rate this document:

Rate this document:
(Not yet reviewed)