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Food statistics pocketbook

Publication giving an overview of statistics about food.

Documents

Data for chart 1.2: Trends in the total factor productivity of the UK food sector

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Data for chart 1.6: UK Consumer expenditure on food, drink and catering

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Data for chart 2.1: UK trend in food and non-alcoholic beverage prices in real terms, January 1998 to December 2018

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Data for chart 2.2: Trend in share of spend going on food and non-alcoholic beverages in low income and all UK households, 2003-04 to 2017

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Data for chart 2.3: Household income (after housing costs) and food prices in real terms (UK) 2016-17

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Data for chart 2.6: Attitudes towards British food purchases in the UK (2018)

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Data for chart 2.7: UK trend in sales of ethical produce

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Data for chart 3.2 UK Food production to supply ratio 1998 to 2017

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Data for chart 3.3 Trends in UK food production

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Data for chart 3.6 World agricultural commodity prices to September 2018

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Data for chart 3.7 World grains stocks to consumption ratio to 2017-2018

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Details

This publication provides a round-up of statistics on food covering the economic, social and environmental aspects of the food we eat (excluding agriculture). It contains sections on:

  • the food chain
  • prices and expenditure
  • global and UK supply

Accompanying data sets and data sources

The information in the pocketbook comes from previously published government surveys run by the Office for National Statistics (ONS) and the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra) and a wide range of other sources including government agencies and commercial organisations. The publication carries the National Statistics logo but is a combination of National Statistics and other statistics. Those which are National Statistics are identified as being so. Data quality varies among the many data sources and where possible an indication is included in bullet points. For more information see the data set that accompanies each chapter of the main publication.

Data uses

Researchers put this data to a wide range of uses spanning from informing decisions on the general public’s choices through to local food policy making. It is often used for statistics on the food industry, on food prices, on balance of diet, international comparisons and food production to supply ratio.

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Published 15 November 2018
Last updated 26 February 2019 + show all updates
  1. Updated with new data for total factor productivity of the UK food sector, food and non-alcoholic beverage prices in real terms, share of spend on food in low income and all UK households, attitudes towards British food purchases in the UK, UK trend in sales of ethical produce, and world agricultural commodity prices to September 2018.
  2. Updated text reverting to National Statistics badging following clarification of status, and addition of Statement of compliance with the Code of Practice for Statistics.
  3. Added all datasets for charts.
  4. Corrected navigation links.
  5. Updated 1.4: UK food and drink manufacturing by product type.
  6. First published.