Technical Bulletin No. (TB-1942) 69 pp

April 2016

Understanding IRI Household-Based and Store-Based Scanner Data

ERS has acquired commercial scanner data from market research firm IRI for use in food economics research. This report examines the methodology, characteristics, and statistical properties of the datasets. It provides an introduction to the data for new users and important considerations for advanced users.

Keywords: Food at home, FAH, food prices, food expenditures, IRI, Consumer Network, InfoScan, scanner data

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Last updated: Wednesday, April 13, 2016

For more information, contact: Mary K. Muth, Megan Sweitzer, Derick Brown, Kristen Capogrossi, Shawn A. Karns, David Levin, Abigail Okrent, Peter Siegel, and Chen Zhen