Fruit and vegetables are still the most consumed foods in Spanish homes

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Fruit and vegetables are still the most consumed foods in Spanish homes, according to the latest data from the Ministry of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food’s “2017 Report on Food Consumption”, with 170 kilos per person per year, representing 26.7% of the shopping cart and 18.8% of spending. Vegetables are also the category with the greatest weight in consumption outside the home, according to the report.

However, there was a 3.5% fall in the domestic consumption of fresh fruit and vegetables and a 4.1% drop in the consumption of vegetables in 2017 compared to 2016.

In 2017, household consumption of fruit fell by 3.5% compared to the previous year to a total of 4.216 billion kilos, with spending also down 0.9% to 6.14 billion euros. Per capita consumption was down 7.1% to 92.45 kilos per person per year, while per capita spending also fell by 4.6% to 134.60 euros.

Compared to 2016, domestic consumption of fresh vegetables fell 4.1% to 2.528 billion kilos, while domestic consumption of potatoes fell 2.4% to 966.8 million kilos. In the case of vegetables, the price increase of 4.9% saw a slight increase in market value of 0.6%, rising to 4.483 billion euros. However, the market value of fresh potatoes fell significantly (down 7.4%) to 703 million euros, a fall of 5.1%, with an average price of €0.73 per kilo.

Food and drink consumption outside the home totalled 35.0943 billion euros in 2017, of which 23.926 billion euros corresponded to food. Vegetables are the category with the greatest weight in consumption outside the home, representing 31.9% of the total. In 2017, vegetables were consumed 1.37 billion times outside the home, with the average person consuming 14.26 kilos per year. Fruit meanwhile is very rarely eaten outside the home, with barely 0.5% of the total volume corresponding to consumption outside the home. Per capita consumption in this category is just 0.6 kilos per person per year.