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November 2012, Vol. 135, No. 12
Price transmission effects through three stages of food production
Jonathan C. Weinhagen
Jonathan C. Weinhagen is an economist in the Division of Producer Price Indexes, Bureau of Labor Statistics. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org.
According to the Consumer Expenditure Survey (CE) of the Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. consumers spent $6,129, on average, on food in 2010, accounting for close to 13 percent of average household annual expenditures. Of total household food expenditures, approximately 60 percent ($3,624) was spent on food consumed at home and 40 percent ($2,505) was spent on food consumed away from home. The CE defines food consumed at home as food purchased from grocery stores or other food stores. The CE defines food consumed away from home as meals (including takeout) purchased from restaurants, vending machines, and mobile vendors.
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