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 2019 by U.S. consumers on domestically produced food, including both grocery store and eating-out purchases, 38.5 cents went to services provided by food service establishments, such as restaurants and other eating places. Of the remaining food dollar, 14.7 cents went to food processors, and 12.1 cents to food retailers. At 2.3 cents, packaging costs per food dollar were the lowest ever reported by the current series, which provides statistics back to 1993. These data are prior to the COVID-19 pandemic.


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