Are brand extensions of healthy products an adequate strategy when there is a high association between the brand and unhealthy products?

Lorena Carrete, Pilar Arroyo, Edgar Centeno
2018 Revista Brasileira de Gestão De Negócios  
Purpose -The objective of this paper was to explore which branding strategy (brand extension versus new brand) is most convenient for healthy products, by taking into account the effect that the perceived fit between the nutritional attributes of the regular products of the parent brand and the healthy extensions have on the credibility of the latter. Design/methodology/approach -The required information was obtained through personal interviews with 107 consumers resident in the metropolitan
more » ... the metropolitan area of Mexico City. The type of study was exploratory-descriptive and focused on the manufactured snacks that are sold in Mexico. Findings -Reformulations of traditional snacks that are commercialized under the name of the parent brand have low credibility with respect to their nutritional value due to the high association between non-healthy attributes and the image of the parent brand. The snacks categorized as healthy are products with well differentiated ingredients but with low brand familiarity. Originality/value -The branding of healthy brands is an incipient area of research in marketing, and thus this paper contributes to the theoretical development of strategies for the commercialization of these brands.
doi:10.7819/rbgn.v0i0.3905 fatcat:m2jsb5vnh5en3m7puyx4sbeuoe