Korean J Community Nutr.  2010 Jun;15(3):361-368.

A Survey on Preference and Purchase Factors of Seaweed

  • 1Major in Food Science and Nutrition, Chonnam National University, Yeosu, Korea. jbm@chonnam.ac.kr
  • 2Major in Nutrition Education, Graduate School of Education, Chonnam National University, Yeosu, Korea.
  • 3Department of Applied Mathematics, Chonnam National University, Yeosu, Korea.


This study was carried out to investigate preference and purchase factors of seaweed in some regional residents of Korea. Subjects were residents (n = 1,218) whose residential area was divided into inland and coastal region and the survey was done during December 2007. Especially, purchase factors of seaweeds was conducted only in married females (n = 353). The subjects are composed of 46.5% male and 53.5% female. Regional distribution of subjects was found to be 16~17%, with highest ratio in the age bracket of 20~29 years old. Proportion of students, at 29.8%, was the highest ranking occupation of the subjects. Preference score of seaweeds by region was highest for laver followed by brown seaweed and sea tangle. In terms of preference by gender, female subjects displayed higher preference score for green laver (p < 0.01), seaweed fusiforme, brown seaweed, sea tangle (p < 0.001) than the male subjects. Considerations being made when purchasing seaweeds for each region were in the order of freshness, taste and nutrition. In comparing the inland and coastal region, scores of freshness, convenience, design and color for the coastal region was higher, displaying significant difference.


seaweed; preference; purchase factors
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