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Food statistics pocketbook 2014

Annual publication giving an overview of statistics about food.


Food Statistics Pocketbook 2014

Food statistics pocketbook 2014: chart data

Users and uses of the food statistics pocketbook

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This annual 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 chapters on:

  • the food chain
  • prices and expenditure
  • global and UK supply
  • environment
  • waste
  • dietary health
  • safety and confidence


This edition includes updated information in:

  • Chapter 1: Food Chain (1.1, 1.2, 1.3, 1.4, 1.5)
  • Chapter 2: Prices and Expenditure (2.2, 2.5, 2.6, 2.7)
  • Chapter 3: Global and UK Supply (3.4, 3.5)
  • Chapter 6: Dietary Health (6.2, 6.3, 6.5, 6.6, 6.7, 6.8, 6.9, 6.10)
  • Chapter 7: Safety & Confidence (7.4)

Accompanying data set 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 the main publication: Food statistics pocketbook 2014: chart data (MS Excel Spreadsheet, 1.26MB)

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, food production to supply ratio, greenhouse gas emissions and food waste. For more information see: Users and uses of the food statistics pocketbook (PDF, 64.2KB, 1 page)

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Published 18 September 2014
Last updated 23 April 2015 + show all updates
  1. Amendment to data.
  2. Updated pocketbook and dataset for 2014.
  3. Revised pdf and dataset uploaded with a correction to a chart.
  4. Updated chart data workbook with working links.
  5. First published.