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Food spending varies more than calorie availability internationally

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Per capita food-at-home spending varies widely across countries, reflecting general food price levels, prices for particular foods (grains versus meats), and the mix of at-home and away-from-home spending. In 2012, food-at-home spending was $2,273 per person in the U.S., $423 in Cameroon, and $350 in Kenya. Calorie availability in 2009 displayed a narrower range from 3,688 calories per person per day in the U.S. to 2,092 calories in Kenya. Japanese consumers outspent U.S. consumers on at-home foods, but per-person calorie availability in Japan was lower.

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Last updated: Tuesday, February 11, 2014

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