Majority of food-at-home dollars still spent at grocery, supermarkets, specialty food stores

Majority of food-at-home dollars still spent at grocery, supermarkets, specialty food stores

Total food-at-home sales climbed to $646.8 billion in 2010, up 3.5 percent from 2009. The lion's share of sales-67 percent-occurred at grocery, supermarkets, and specialty foodstores. Warehouse clubs, supercenters, and mass merchandisers came in second, accounting for 16.5 percent of food-at-home sales. Warehouse clubs, supercenters, and mass merchandisers' share has grown steadily since the mid-1990s at the expense of the grocery store category, although their pace of growth has slowed since 2003. The data for this chart come from ERS's Food Expenditure Table 14, updated July 2011. More information on U.S. food expenditures can be found in the Consumer Price Index (CPI) topic on the ERS website.


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