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Food Consumption

Personal Consumption Expenditure

Estimates from the CSO indicated that Personal Consumption Expenditure (PCE) on food and drink (not including meals out) accounted for €14.7 billion in 2009, a 5.5% decrease from 2008. This represented 17.45% of total PCE. Expenditure on food in terms of meals outside the home accounted for just over €2.2 billion in 2009, roughly in line with the two preceding years. As illustrated in Figure 6.5, this accounts for over one fifth of all expenditure on food (total €9.75 billion).


Average per capita consumption of meat and dairy products from 2006 to 2009 is  shown in Table 6.1. It is estimated that meat consumption stayed relatively static in 2009, with Irish consumers averaging 20kg of beef, 32kg of pigmeat, 26kg of poultrymeat and 3kg of lamb per capita, whilst principal cereals continued to decline  with around 81kg p.c.c estimated. (CSO Supply Balance Estimates).