Family Food is an annual publication. It is the source of detailed statistical information on purchased quantities, expenditure and nutrient intakes derived from both household and eating out food and drink. Data is collected for a sample of households in the United Kingdom using self-reported diaries supported by till receipts of all purchases, including food eaten out, over a two week period. Where possible quantities are recorded in the diaries but otherwise estimated. Energy and nutrient intakes are calculated using standard nutrient composition data for each of some 500 types of food. Current estimates are based on data collected in the Family Food Module of the Living Costs and Food Survey and on adjusted data collected in the National Food Survey.
75 years of Family Food
The 2015 survey represents the 75th year of Family Food and its predecessors. We have produced a timeline of interesting facts and figures about food and drink over the years. This can be found on the Family Food 2015 web page at https://www.gov.uk/government/statistics/family-food-2015.
National Statistics status
National Statistics status means that our statistics meet the highest standards of trustworthiness, quality and public value, and it is our responsibility to maintain compliance with these standards.
Since the latest review by the Office for Statistics Regulation, we have continued to comply with the Code of Practice. Using web analytics data we have identified the most frequently viewed and downloaded data, and reduced our reporting to concentrate on this. We have also switched to HTML publishing instead of pdf, in order to improve accessibility for more users and user devices. We have also ceased to offer pre-release access to enhance trustworthiness.
Historical estimates for 1940 to 2000 are also available from the National Archive at the same web address. These are based on information from the National Food Survey, the forerunner to the current survey.
Family Food Open Data release
Original data from the National Food Survey from 1974 to 2000 is now available as Open Data. Use the Family Food Open Data link below for more information.
Family Food historic reports
The original National Food Survey reports from 1940 to 1984 are now available. Use the Family Food historic reports link below for more information.