Spending more, buying less
By Joe Wickman VALENCIA region residents spend 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 fact likely comes as a result of the lower-than
average wages that Valencian workers make, which have led to the region ranking near the top as regards the number of households that have ‘severe difficulties’ to make ends meet (according to a study by the National Statistics Institute, which also in- dicated that 43.4 per cent of households could not face unexpected expenses, 44.2% could not afford a week of 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 gaining more ground on fresh produce.
On the whole, a majority of money spent on food in the Valencia region goes to meat, with each person spending €295 every year, followed by fish (€177), dairy products (€120) and fresh fruit (€116).