Spending more, buying less
By Jo Wickman VALENCIA region residents spent an average of €60 more on food than last year but buy less products, a study performed by the central government shows.
We spent an average of €1,391 to stock the fridge in 2016, €60 more than 2015, but still less than the national average of €1,528.
This could be due to the lower-than-average wages that Valencian workers take home, which have led to the region ranking near the top for the number of households that have ‘severe difficulties’ to make ends meet.
A study by the National Statistics Institute also indicated that 43.4 per cent of households could not face up to unexpected expenses, 44.2% could not afford a week's holidays away from home and 10% were late paying their bills.
However, Valencia region residents are complying with certain national trends, such as the overall decrease in the consumption of foods with high levels of sugar or alcohol, or ready-made items - and opting more for fresh produce.
On the whole, the largest slice of money spent on food in the Valencia region goes on meat, with each person spending €295 every year, followed by fish (€177), dairy products (€120) and fresh fruit (€116).