Consumption of agricultural and horticultural products

  • People in Flanders spend 12.5% of household budget on food

    In 2018, the inhabitants of Flanders spent an average of 12.5% of the available household budget on food. This corresponds to 2,036 euros spent on food per inhabitant in 2018.


    This share was slightly higher in 2018 than in previous years.

  • Almost quarter of food budget spent on meat

    Almost a quarter of the food budget is spent on meat purchases. On average, each inhabitant of Flanders spent 459 euros on meat in 2018. The second largest expense item is bread and cereal products, good for a yearly average of 371 euros. This is followed by milk, cheese and eggs (252 euros) and vegetables (250 euros). An average of 203 euros was spent on fruit in 2018.

  • Young people spend less money on food than those over 60

    Young people spent significantly less money on food than older people.
    Single persons and couples without children in the household speny more money on food per person than households with children in the household.
    Pensioners spent much more money on food than average; the unemployed spent less than average.

  • Higher incomes spend considerably more money on food than average

    In 2018, the average Flemish household spent over 4,600 euros on food. There are major differences between income classes. The 25% lowest incomes (lowest income quartile) spent 2,827 euros on food, the 25% highest incomes 6,833 euros. This means that the food budget of the highest incomes is 2.4 times as high as that of the lowest incomes.

  • Food expenditure of Flemish inhabitants higher than elsewhere in Belgium

    On average, Belgians spent 2,000 euros on food per person in 2018. Within Belgium, Flemish inhabitants spent the most on food. Inhabitants of the Walloon Region spent 82 euros less on food than the inhabitants of Flanders. Inhabitants of the Brussels-Capital Region spent 13 euros less than the inhabitants of Flanders.


Statbel:  Household Budget research  


Income quartile: if we rank households according to household income from low to high, we can divide them into 4 equally sized groups or quartiles with the lowest quartile comprising the 25% lowest incomes and the highest quartile the 25% highest incomes. 

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9 January 2020

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