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Demographics of Consumer Food Spending, 2017 Edition
Posted on May 01, 2017 by Chris Campbell

Demographics of Consumer Food Spending, 2017 Edition

For the past three years at the Food Institute, I've been tasked with compiling the data for our annual Demographics of Consumer Food Spending book. Using the most recent data available from the Bureau of Labor statistics, we take an in-depth look at how people are spending their money on food.

The book provides an easy-to-read breakdown of spending on food overall, food at-home (in 24 categories & sub-categories including beef, poultry, fruits & vegetables, dairy products and bakery products) and food away-from-home. Topics covered include age, income, career, education, race, gender and region of the U.S.

For example, did you know:

  • Mean consumer spending increased to a ten-year high in 2015, increasing $2,483 from 2014?
  • Total food expenditures in 2015 were $7,023, a full $264 more than the prior year?
  • The highest-earning segment, $200,000 and over, spent $15,210 spent on food?
  • The 28.2 million consumer units in the West spent the most on food in 2015, at an average of $7,776?

This is just a small glimpse of what is covered in the book. Demographics of Consumer Food Spending, 2017 Edition can be purchased in print or as a pdf for $139. You can order the book here, and you can contact Jennette Zitelli via email at or via phone at (201)-791-5570 ext. 215 for more information.


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About the Author

Chris Campbell
Business Writer
The Food Institute

Chris focuses on fresh, canned and frozen fruit and fresh and dried vegetables for the Food Institute Report. In addition, he assists in compiling data for various Food Institute publications throughout the year. He is a proud Rutgers University alumnus with a degree in English, and has a background in web writing for a variety of industries, including legal, foodservice and small-to-medium sized businesses. In his downtime you can find him watching New York Yankees baseball, hiking, enjoying live music and spending time with his dog Kaiden. He invites you to contact him via email at to talk about anything food-related.


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