Consumption of agricultural and horticultural products

  • People in Flanders spend 12% of household budget on food

    In 2016, the average household in Flanders spent 12% of its available budget on food. This share has remained stable for years. It corresponds to 1,864 euros spent on food per year per person in Flanders. 

  • Quarter of food budget spent on meat

    A quarter of the food budget is spent on meat. On average, each person in Flanders spends 465 euros per year on meat. The second largest expense item is bread and cereal products, good for on average 348 euros per year. This is followed by vegetables (226 euros) and milk, cheese and eggs (224 euros). An average of 172 euros was spent on fruit and 129 euros on fish and shellfish in 2016. 

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

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

  • Higher incomes spend considerably more money on food than average

    In 2016, the average Flemish household spent nearly 4,300 euros on food. There are big differences between income classes. The 25% lowest incomes (lowest income quartile) spent 2,452 euros on food, the 25% highest incomes 6,313 euros. So the food budget of the highest incomes is 2.5 times as high as that of the lowest. 

  • Food expenditure of Flemish people higher than elsewhere in Belgium

    On average, each person in Flanders spends 1,800 euros per year on food. Within Belgium, Flemish inhabitants spend most on food. Inhabitants of the Walloon Region spend 124 euros less on food than the inhabitants of Flanders. Inhabitants of the Brussels-Capital Region spend 139 euros less than the inhabitants of Flanders. 


Statbel:  Household Budget research  


Income quartile: if we rank the population 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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20 December 2018

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