Genes & Nutrition

, Volume 8, Issue 2, pp 153–163

Nutrigenomics-based personalised nutritional advice: in search of a business model?

  • Amber Ronteltap
  • Hans van Trijp
  • Aleksandra Berezowska
  • Jo Goossens
Commentary

DOI: 10.1007/s12263-012-0308-4

Cite this article as:
Ronteltap, A., van Trijp, H., Berezowska, A. et al. Genes Nutr (2013) 8: 153. doi:10.1007/s12263-012-0308-4

Abstract

Nutritional advice has mainly focused on population-level recommendations. Recent developments in nutrition, communication, and marketing sciences have enabled potential deviations from this dominant business model in the direction of personalisation of nutrition advice. Such personalisation efforts can take on many forms, but these have in common that they can only be effective if they are supported by a viable business model. The present paper takes an inventory of approaches to personalised nutrition currently available in the market place as its starting point to arrive at an identification of their underlying business models. This analysis is presented as a unifying framework against which the potential of nutrigenomics-based personalised advice can be assessed. It has uncovered nine archetypical approaches to personalised nutrition advice in terms of their dominant underlying business models. Differentiating features among such business models are the type of information that is used as a basis for personalisation, the definition of the target group, the communication channels that are being adopted, and the partnerships that are built as a part of the business model. Future research should explore the consumer responses to the diversity of “archetypical” business models for personalised nutrition advice as a source of market information on which the delivery of nutrigenomics-based personalised nutrition advice may further build.

Keywords

Personalised nutrition Business models Consumer Value creation 

Copyright information

© Springer-Verlag 2012

Authors and Affiliations

  • Amber Ronteltap
    • 1
  • Hans van Trijp
    • 2
  • Aleksandra Berezowska
    • 2
  • Jo Goossens
    • 3
  1. 1.LEI, Part of Wageningen University and Research CentreWageningenThe Netherlands
  2. 2.Marketing and Consumer Behaviour GroupWageningen University and Research CentreWageningenThe Netherlands
  3. 3.Bio-Sense, New Business DevelopmentAarschotBelgium