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Spanish Food Consumption Declines

02 September 2013
BordBia

SPAIN - The Magrama Household Food Consumption Panel indicated that total per capita food consumption in Spain decreased by 0.5 per cent in the half of 2013 compared to the same period a year earlier at 327 kilos per person, according to Cecilia Ruiz, Madrid Office Manager at Bord Bia – Irish Food Board.

Per capita spend increased by 1.2 per cent due to the overall price increase (and the change on VAT rates in July 2012).

This fall was recorded despite the fact that both retired households and those formed by independent adults between the ages of 45 and 65 years have actually increased their consumption of food and drink by 1.9 per cent and 1.5 per cent, respectively.

The increase in this particular demographic is also due to the tendency to increasing the proportion of food that they consume at home.

The products which recorded the largest increase over the period to the end of June included sugar (eight per cent), cream (8.4 per cent), butter (12.2 per cent), eggs (2.3 per cent), cheese (+1.9), bread (2.5 per cent) and potatoes (1.3 per cent).

Beef is the product that has declined the most (5.2 per cent) with constant decreases monthly decreases since the beginning of the year.

This fall has lead to a decrease of -15 per cent in Spanish beef imports. Considering this context Irish Beef exports to Spain are performing well, having decreased a nine per cent in value and only five per cent in volume in the Jan-June period, with over 7,000tn (cwe) while livestock exports have increased by 18,500 to almost 30,000 head.

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