A new survey has revealed what Canadians spend on grocery and other goods.
The survey from the Canadian Association of Grocery Stores and the Association of Retailers shows grocery and restaurant spending on food, groceries, food and non-food items rose in 2015-16, while prices rose.
“The overall trend for grocery spending has been steady and steady,” said Julie Zielinski, president of the association.
It’s been up and down over the past few years.
But over the last two years, the trend has picked up and it’s actually gotten a little bit higher,” she said.
Zielinski said the association hopes the numbers will help it create a better food plan for its members.
The survey, which is part of the Association’s monthly report, includes a variety of items, including groceries, dairy products, meat and eggs, wine, beer and spirits.
Consumers also spent on other goods, including clothing, footwear, home furnishings and household goods.
The association surveyed 1,000 Canadians in November and December.
It found that overall spending rose 2.7 per cent from 2015-2016, but it was up only 2.2 per cent in the last quarter.
Food was the only major category where spending fell.
Some consumers also spent less on non-dairy and nonhydrogenated oils, according to the survey.
But Zielinksie says the overall trend is for food spending to increase in the future.”
We’re not going to be able to have a whole lot of things that are going to increase.
So the focus will be on things like dairy products and products like protein bars, which we’ll be able continue to see increases in,” she added.
However, consumers are starting to spend less on certain foods.
For example, people are eating more fruits and vegetables, according the survey, but they are also spending less on breads, pasta and other staple foods.
Zielinskis said it’s important to remember that the numbers are only part of a bigger picture.”
Food is really what people are spending on, and that’s what the economy is dependent on,” she explained.”
And so that’s really the focus of the food plan.
And we’re really focused on that now.