National Food Survey for third quarter of 1999

Nutrition & Food Science

ISSN: 0034-6659

Publication date: 1 June 2000

Citation

(2000), "National Food Survey for third quarter of 1999", Nutrition & Food Science, Vol. 30 No. 3. https://doi.org/10.1108/nfs.2000.01730cab.001

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Emerald Group Publishing Limited

Copyright © 2000, MCB UP Limited


National Food Survey for third quarter of 1999

National Food Survey for third quarter of 1999

The results from this survey are based on a sample of around 1,500 households who were asked to keep a diary of their household food and drink purchases for one week. Household expenditure on food, excluding soft and alcoholic drinks and confectionery, was £14.61 per person per week. This was 0.5 per cent lower than in the third quarter of 1998 and the total energy intake was also lower - 1,680kcal compared with 1,700kcal. The proportion of energy derived from fat and saturated fatty acids, 38.3 per cent and 15 per cent respectively, was marginally lower than for the same period of 1998. Consumption of fresh fruit such as oranges, other citrus fruit and apples was marginally lower in the first nine months of 1999 than in 1998, but these falls were partially offset by rises in stone fruits and grapes. Household purchases of fresh vegetables rose slightly in the third quarter of 1999 compared to the same period last year. Consumption of fruit juices also fell probably due to higher prices. Household consumption of liquid whole milk, eggs, sugar and preserves, bread, biscuits, cakes and confectionery were lower in the third quarter of 1999 compared with the same quarter of 1998. Consumption of pork was down by 8 per cent, mutton and lamb by 5 per cent and primary poultry by 4 per cent while consumption of frozen convenience meats rose by 12 per cent. Consumption of beer and lager declined in the first nine months of 1999 but this was offset by increased consumption of wine and soft drinks.