Local and standardized strategies: A content analysis of newspaper food and beverage advertising in Jamaica

Regina Jihea Ahn, Michelle R. Nelson, Gail M. Ferguson

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Abstract

Globalization has led to changes in diets and advertising linked to audience preferences. This study examines local and global brand food and beverage advertising in Jamaican newspapers. Content analysis of 440 advertisements revealed the predominance of global fast-food brands, often including soda. Healthier foods were found in one in 10 ads. Information cues included taste, quality, and price, yet 14% of ads featured only a product image/logo. Advertisements reflected standardized and local strategies.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)179-203
Number of pages25
JournalNewspaper Research Journal
Volume41
Issue number2
DOIs
StatePublished - Jun 1 2020

Bibliographical note

Funding Information:
Data collection and manuscript preparation was funded by the Christopher Family Foundation Food and Family Program at the Family Resilience Center, University of Illinois at Urbana–Champaign, where co-author Gail M. Ferguson was formerly a faculty member. The authors gratefully acknowledge two undergraduate coders, Ysatris Nunez and Julian Davis, for assistance with collecting newspaper data.

Publisher Copyright:
© 2020 NOND of AEJMC.

Keywords

  • Jamaica
  • content analysis
  • food advertising
  • globalization
  • newspaper advertisements
  • remote acculturation

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