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Facing a trend of brand logo simplicity: The impact of brand logo design on consumption

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Research has shown that the experience of fluency influences buying intentions of food products, but no study has examined how brand logos transferring a feeling of fluency might impact actual food intake. In two experiments, we assess how exposure to simple versus complex brand logos impacts food consumption. Study 1 shows that individuals consume more from a product which features a simple, flat logo compared to a product that features a complex, non-flat logo. Study 2 depicts the nature of the product as an important moderator in this effect: while for non-prestigious products simple brand logos increase consumption, the opposite occurs for prestigious food products. Overall, while the tenet of the findings is consistent with earlier work on fluency effects within the food domain, this research provides evidence that brand logo design has the potential to impact actual food intake.

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  • brand logo, simple design, consumption, processing fluency, prestige, food intake, Consumption, MERE EXPOSURE, Brand logo, Prestige, Simple design, PERCEPTUAL FLUENCY, Processing fluency, PROCESSING FLUENCY, Food intake, CLAIMS, FAMILIARITY, COMPLEXITY, ACCEPTANCE, FOOD-CONSUMPTION, PRODUCT EVALUATION, JUDGMENTS
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Original languageEnglish
Article number71
Pages (from-to)129-135
Number of pages7
JournalFood Quality and Preference
Publication statusPublished - Jan 2019