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Processing taking bigger bite out of the U.S. food dollar

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For a typical dollar spent in 2011 by U.S. consumers on domestically produced food, including both grocery store and eating out purchases, 31.2 cents went to pay for services provided by foodservice establishments, 22 cents to food processors, and 12.2 cents to food retailers. Food processing costs per food dollar were up over 18 percent since 2008, as consumers bought greater quantities of more highly processed food products.

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Last updated: Tuesday, February 11, 2014

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