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 webpage.
Family Food was first published in 2002. Copies of the publications for 2002 to 2010 are available from the National Archive.
Historical estimates for 1940 to 2000 are also available from the National Archive. 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.