Consumption of agricultural and horticultural products

  • People in the Flemish Region spend 14.5% of household budget on food

    In 2020, the inhabitants of the Flemish Region spent an average of 14.5% of the available household budget on food. This corresponds to 2,337 euros spent on food per inhabitant in 2020.

    This share was slightly higher in 2020 than in previous years.

  • Almost quarter of food budget spent on meat

    Almost a quarter of the food budget is spent on meat purchases. On average, each inhabitant of the Flemish Region spent 530 euros on meat in 2020. The second largest expense item is bread and cereal products, good for a yearly average of 409 euros. This is followed by vegetables (323 euros) and milk, cheese and eggs (284 euros). An average of 223 euros was spent on fruit in 2020.

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

    The youngest age groups 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.
    Retired people spend much more money on food than average; the unemployed and other inactive people spend less than average.

  • Higher incomes spend considerably more money on food than average

    In 2020, the average Flemish household spent 5,268 euros on food. There are major differences between income classes. The 25% lowest incomes (lowest income quartile) spent 3,431 euros on food, the 25% highest incomes 7,217 euros. This means that the food budget of the highest incomes is 2.1 times higher than that of the lowest incomes.

  • Food expenditure of inhabitants of the Flemish Region higher than in other regions

    On average, Belgians spent 2,268 euros on food per person in 2020. Within Belgium, inhabitants of the Flemish Region spent the most on food. Inhabitants of the Walloon Region spent 170 euros less on food than the inhabitants of the Flemish Region. Inhabitants of the Brussels-Capital Region spent 141 euros less than the inhabitants of the Flemish Region.


Statbel:  Household Budget Survey  


Income quartilewhen the population is ranked according to household income from lowest to highest, it can be divided 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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8 October 2021

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