Information Package for Users of the New Zealand Estimated Food Costs 2015
Department of Human Nutrition, University of Otago
Since the 1970s the Department of Human Nutrition (previously Home Science Extension with the School of Home Science) at the University of Otago has conducted an annual Food Cost Survey. The Food Cost Survey is based on a basket of food designed to meet dietary needs of adult males and females (19 years and over), adolescents (11 to 18 years), school aged children (10 and 5 years) and preschool children and infants (4 and 1 years). In recent years food costs have been reported for five cities in New Zealand including Dunedin, Auckland, Wellington, Christchurch and Hamilton. Most healthy families or individuals will meet their nutritional needs when spending the amount of money specified as the basic costs. However, spending less than this amount increases the risk of not getting all the necessary nutrients. Many people will not lack energy or nutrients when spending less than this amount on food if they make careful management choices. However, the chances of consuming an inadequate diet increase as the amount spent to purchase food falls below the basic costs. Survey methods were revised prior to collecting 2014 data, so 2014 and 2015 food costs are not directly comparable to previous years. In 2015 estimated weekly food costs for an adult male basic diet were: Auckland $69, Hamilton $67, Wellington $68, Christchurch $68, and Dunedin $66.
Contributor: MDiet students (Yr2); Gray, E.; Beckingsale, L.; Burford, S.; Evans, C.; Humphrey, C.; Russell, N.; Khouri, C.
Editor: Mainvil, Louise A.; Smith, Claire; Parnell, Winsome R.
Publisher: Department of Human Nutrition, University of Otago
Series: Food Cost Survey 2015
Keywords: Food cost; Food prices; Supermarket; Diet; Nutrition; Healthy eating; Poverty
Research Type: Technical Report
Cite this item: University of Otago, D. of H. N. (2015). Information Package for Users of the New Zealand Estimated Food Costs 2015 (Food Cost Survey 2015). (L. A. Mainvil, C. Smith, W. R. Parnell, Eds.). Department of Human Nutrition, University of Otago.
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