How much do you pay for your food?
A report has revealed how much food costs in the US.
The US Department of Agriculture’s report on the cost of food and related items, issued by the Office of the Inspector General, showed that in 2017 the average cost per meal for a family of four in the United States was $1,100.
That was a jump of nearly $400 on 2016, when the average was $971.
The increase was due to increased food prices, the report said.
“The food costs increased by about $1.6 billion from 2016 to 2017,” the report stated.
The USDA also found that for the past three years, the average price per person for food items increased by 3% in the past year, from $1 and $2 per person to $2.65 and $3 per person.
The cost of the meal varies depending on where the meal is consumed.
A large portion of the cost comes from the cost to prepare, transport and prepare meals, the USDA said.
In the United Kingdom, the cost for a meal is roughly 30% higher than the average in the country, the Food and Consumer Agency said.
“The main driver behind the increase is that the food and beverage industry is now able to charge more for food and beverages,” the agency said in a statement.
“This has resulted in a substantial increase in prices and a rise in the cost per serving.”
The report also said that the cost increase for food was mostly caused by increases in the price of ingredients and packaging.
The report noted that there are a few reasons behind the cost increases, including increased food costs at the retail level, increased fuel costs, and higher energy costs.
In its statement, the food industry said it would continue to increase production, marketing and marketing costs to meet the needs of consumers and businesses.
“Food and beverage manufacturers are increasingly focused on delivering innovative and cost-effective products that serve a variety of tastes and budgets, and we have continued to build our product line to meet consumers’ demands,” the industry said in its statement.