Eating habits in Spain

According to the results of a study carried out by Mercasa, a public company belonging to the Spanish Ministry of Agrigulture, last year Spaniards spend an average 1,300 euros on food per person. The study provides an interesting insight into the changing food habits in Spain.

According to the authors of the study presented to the media yesterday in Madrid by the Minister of Agriculture, 21 percent of the total food budget is spent on meat, 13 percent on fresh fruit and vegetables – a 4 percent increase on the previous year -, another 13 percent on fresh fish and 10 percent on milk and other dairy products. Destinamos un 21 por ciento a carne, a las frutas y hortalizas frescas un 13, el mismo porcentaje que el pescado, y a la leche y derivados un 10 por ciento.

Meanwhile the trend in Spain to spend more money on better quality wine continues to grow. In 2005 consumption of DO (domination of origen) wines grew by 8 percent compared to the previous year, and Spaniards spent on average 12 percent more on wines than they did in 2004.

On the other hand, money spent on inferior quailty table wine fell by 10 percent.

The study concluded that the growth in Spain in numbers of people living on their own in 2005 was reflected by an increase in expenditure on convenience foods. Spending on pre-packaged meals grew by 3 percent last year, and sauces by 4 percent.

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