Vermonters and 24 Other States Outspend U.S. For Food & Beverages

While per capita expenditures for off premise food and beverage consumption in the U.S. totaled $2,780 in 2014, in Vermont those expenditures were nearly 50% higher at $4,104 according to recently released data from the Bureau of Economic Analysis reviewed by The Food Institute. Another 21 states also outpaced the U.S. average.

Expenditures for off-premise consumption of food and beverages in Oklahoma were the lowest, at $2,289 or 18% less than the national average. By region, New England expenditures were the highest at $3,346 while the Great Lake states were the lowest, at $2,630.

Looking at these numbers from a different angle, expenditures in the District of Columbia increased by the greatest percentage between 2013 and 2014, climbing 5.3% while the overall U.S. average increased just 1.6%. And all but two states showed a rise in expenditures last year, as Arkansas and Oklahoma, posted declines of 0.2% and 0.5%.

Thus, while food prices for retail food as reported by The Food Institute from government data rose 2.4% in 2014 nationwide, per capita expenditures lagged behind by one-third, rising just 1.6% on average.

For a detailed list of expenditures by state, e-mail April Brendel at The Food Institute at

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