ConservasAbr. 16, 2013
Italia: crece consumo de alimentos en conserva y congelados
The balance sheets of many Italians are negative. In 2012, the purchasing power of families dropped by 4.8 per cent and the savings ratio is now of only 8.2 per cent. This happened because of the economic crisis, which is considerably affecting consumption. Canned and frozen foods are more popular, whereas people buy less fruit and vegetables. This is what the Cia (Italian Farmer Confederation) reported after seeing the data published on 9th April by Istat.
While the available income is lower, Italians have to pay higher taxes, meaning that more than half of the families (53%) struggle to pay compulsory expenditures ranging from petrol to services on top of mortgage and rent.
But the most dramatic effect of the situation regards food, with drastic changes in grocery shopping. 28% of Italians (6.5 million) shops exclusively in discount stores and 34% (7.4 million) buys lower quality food because it is cheaper.
In addition to this, canned and frozen food are getting more popular as well as junk food (+7% in a year), at the expense of the fresh produce typical of the Mediterranean diet: in fact, in 2012, 41.4% of families admitted to reducing the consumption of fruit and vegetables and 38.5% reduced that of meat and fish.
Publication date: 4/15/2013