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These Countries Spend the Most on Food

By SiliconIndia   |   Wednesday, 26 February 2014, 13:05 Hrs
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BANGALORE: “If more of us valued food and cheer and song above hoarded gold, it would be a merrier world,” said J.R.R. Tolkien. The ERS food expenditure series of the U.S. Department of agriculture and the study by EuroMonitor International help us know which countries value food more and which ones value hoarded gold. These reports throw up interesting facts on food consumption patterns of various countries.

According to Engel’s law, “as income rises, the proportion of income spent on food falls, even if actual expenditure on food rises.” The ERS report verifies this fact. The U.S. spends less percent of its income on food than any other country in the world. Do you know which country has the sweetest tooth of all? It’s Canada with the average Canadian spending $257.70 on bakeries, more than any other country. The Americans spend the most at fast food centers, the Greeks spend the most at cafes, and the Italians eat most of the pizzas. For more such facts, read on to know the countries and their food habits, with inputs from the Huffington Post.

Switzerland: Switzerland is known for its fondue, raclette and rosti. It’s also known for its love for chocolates. Switzerland is the world’s largest consumer of chocolates. An average person in Switzerland spent $ 8,024 on food in 2012. The expense for meals cooked at home was $4,943 per head. An average Swiss spent $1501 on food in restaurants. The most popular drink of the Swiss people is wine. They are also producer of good quality wine. An average Swiss spent $1581 on drinks and tobacco. Self-service cafeterias are a hit with the Swiss with an average Swiss spending $154.90 at these places. Among all the countries, Switzerland spends the most on food.

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