Food-at-Home Expenditures: Comparing Commercial Household Scanner Data From IRI and Government Survey Data

Technical Bulletin No. (TB-1946) 65 pp, September 2017

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by Megan Sweitzer, Derick Brown, Shawn A. Karns, Mary K. Muth, Peter Siegel, and Chen Zhen

ERS report compares proprietary household scanner data to nationally representative Government survey data and finds that reported household food-at-home expenditures in commercial scanner data were lower than in two Government surveys. The report details the comparison methodology and describes implications for using the commercial data in food economics research.

Keywords: IRI, Consumer Network, scanner data, food at home, food expenditures, Consumer Expenditure Survey, National Food Acquisition and Purchase Survey, FoodAPS

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