Over a third of the U.S. food dollar is spent on eating out services

Over a third of the U.S. food dollar is spent on eating out services

For a typical dollar spent in 2016 by U.S. consumers on domestically produced food, including both grocery store and eating out purchases, 36.3 cents went to pay for services provided by foodservice establishments, 15.2 cents to food processors, and 12.4 cents to food retailers. At 3.9 cents, energy costs per food dollar were below the 4.6-cent average for 1993-2016.


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