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Coop and Migros are one step ahead

The survey by Management Tools shows that the labels of the largest retailers Migros and Coop are perceived particularly positively. Migros Bio scores slightly better than Naturaplan, but both brands are perceived as satisfactory by up to 75 percent of those surveyed. The objective evaluation by PUSCH shows that the subjective perception does not quite match the actual performance of the products: Naturaplan scores 168 points better than Migros Bio with 141 points. Basically, however, the comparison shows that the actual sustainability of the two labels agrees with the consumer assessment. Both are subjectively and objectively ahead.

Discrepancy between BioSuisse and TerraSuisse

Even with the Max Havelaar label, which is classified as reliable by over two thirds of the population, the assessments agree with the objective results. There is a big discrepancy at BioSuisse: Although the label comes in second best in the objective test with 161 points, it is behind Max Havelaar in subjective perception. Objectivity and subjectivity do not match at TerraSuisse either.

Communication makes the difference

The fact that the Coop and Migros labels are so credible may be due to the active sustainability communication of the two wholesalers. The TerraSuisse example also shows what communication can achieve: although the label actually lags behind according to an objective assessment, it is perceived by consumers as the third best brand. However, caution is advised: if the external perception is much better than the effective performance, a discrepancy arises which can later lead to a painful loss of face.

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