Where consumers put their food money | Facts, Figures and The Future

We currently spend close to a quarter of our grocery dollars 22.9% on processed foods and sweets. That’s about double the 11.6% rate of 1982.  Cost shifts in meats, produce, baked goods and other foods make the processed items relatively cheap per calorie—not per nutrient. For millions of consumers who need the energy while stretching their food budgets in tough times, this is appealing. For those who crave the convenience and simplicity of packaged foods, the processed items are traffic draws, says F3.These pulls are powerful. Processed foods and sweets are collectively the #1 sellers when compared with:

•    meats 21.5% of today’s grocery spend vs. a commanding 31.3% in 1982

•    fruits and vegetables 14.6% today vs. 14.5% in 1982

•    grains and baked goods 14.4% today vs. 13.2% in 1982

•    beverages 11.1% today vs. 11.0% in 1982

•    dairy products 10.6% today vs. 13.2% in 1982

•    other foods 5.1% today vs. 5.3% in 1982

via Where consumers put their food money | Facts, Figures and The Future.

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