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Consumer Acceptance of Nutritional Dates Seed Innovation for a New Ice Cream Flavor in Malaysia

Mahmod, Razmah and Saad, Mazni and Mashahadi, Faizah and Mohd Sayuti, Nazura (2021) Consumer Acceptance of Nutritional Dates Seed Innovation for a New Ice Cream Flavor in Malaysia. In: 1st International Conference on Business Innovation, Entrepreneurship and Technology (ICOBET) 2021, 12 - 13 July 2021, online. (In Press)

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Date fruit is a type of fruit grown mainly in the eastern region. Favorable research findings on date nutritional value have led to dates becoming one of the well-known fruits consumed by many people in the world. In general, people only consume the date flesh but throw the seed as waste. Recent studies have indicated the existence of nutritional benefits in date seed with potential health benefits for a human being. In relation to the promotion of green environment, this study is conducted to examine consumer acceptance towards the innovation of nutritional food by using dates seed powder as the main ingredient in producing ice-cream in Malaysia and to determine the nutrient content in the dates seed ice-cream mixture. The survey questions were adapted from Nielsen Global New Product Innovation Survey, Q1 2015 which have been distributed through the application of Google form. There were 301 respondents chosen randomly and the findings from the survey stated 94% of the respondents agreed that dates seed ice cream is an innovative food with nutritional value whereby 84.7% of the respondents are interested to buy the ice-cream if it is available in the market. The descriptive analysis indicated that the respondents accepted dates seeds ice-cream as a new flavor of ice-cream with nutritional benefits. In determining the nutrients content of the dates seed in the ice-cream mixture, the ice-cream sample was sent for chemical analysis in August 2018 at the laboratory of SIRIM QAS. The findings showed that the dates seeds ice-cream has high nutrients contents and high calories value and can be treated as a substitute for coffee since it contains no caffeine.

Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Slide Presentation)
Uncontrolled Keywords: consumer, dates seed, food waste, nutrition, innovation
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HF Commerce
Kulliyyahs/Centres/Divisions/Institutes (Can select more than one option. Press CONTROL button): Kulliyyah of Languages and Management
Depositing User: Dr Mazni Saad
Date Deposited: 03 Aug 2021 13:33
Last Modified: 03 Aug 2021 13:33
URI: http://irep.iium.edu.my/id/eprint/91085

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