Household food and drink waste cost distribution in the UK 2012, by food group

This statistic shows the distribution of the cost of avoidable household food and drink waste in the United Kingdom in 2012, by food group. Of costs, 5 percent was attributed to wasted condiments, sauces, herbs and spices.

Distribution of the cost of avoidable household food and drink waste in the United Kingdom (UK) in 2012, by food group*

Share of cost
Meat and fish17%
Meals (home-made and pre-prepared)17%
Fresh vegetables and salads14%
All other12%
Drink10%
Fresh fruit7%
Bakery7%
Dairy and eggs6%
Cake and desserts5%
Condiments, sauces, herbs and spices5%
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Source

Release date

November 2013

Region

United Kingdom

Survey time period

May 2012 to July 2013

Supplementary notes

* The cost to households of avoidable waste has been estimated from food prices for 2012, i.e. the cost to purchase food that was subsequently thrown away. It does not include the cost associated with preparing food and drink in the home (e.g. gas or electricity for cooking), travelling to and from the supermarket, or disposal costs incurred by local authorities. The cost was only calculated for avoidable food and drink waste as it is problematic to ascribe a cost to possibly avoidable and unavoidable waste.

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