Purpose: This paper aims to gain insight into the preferences of US customers regarding Korean food, and to categorize these customers according to the reasons for their preferences. Design/methodology/approach: The study was conducted with a sample of customers in Korean restaurants in the USA. Findings: Cluster 1 was a group whose members were attracted to Korean culture; Cluster 2 was a group whose members were passionate about Korean food; Cluster 3 was a group seeking healthy and exotic food; and Cluster 4 was a low-interest group. Each cluster had a different socio-demographic profile, favored a different Korean menu, identified different success factors for Korean restaurants, described different expectations and experiences of Korean restaurants and had different preferences regarding Korean food services. Practical implications: Active promotion of Korean food and Korean culture may be appropriate for Cluster 1, while developing a healthy and exotic menu may attract Cluster 3. Maintaining Cluster 2 is deemed important, while a strategic approach is necessary to appeal to Cluster 4. Originality/value: This study will contribute theoretically and practically to understanding food globalization, ethnic restaurants and segmentation by preference reasons.
|Number of pages||21|
|Journal||International Journal of Contemporary Hospitality Management|
|Publication status||Published - 1 Jan 2016|
- Internationalization strategy
- Restaurant industry
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Tourism, Leisure and Hospitality Management