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1301.0 - Year Book Australia, 2002  
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Contents >> Agriculture >> Apparent consumption of foodstuffs

Estimates of the consumption of foodstuffs in Australia are compiled by taking the production of a commodity, adding to it any imports, deducting from it any exports, and taking account of changes in the levels of stocks. Because consumption of foodstuffs is measured, in general, at producer level, no allowance is made for consumer wastage, which results in overstating consumption to some extent.

The estimates of consumption per capita have been obtained by using the mean resident population for the period.

Table 16.52 shows the changes in trends in the consumption of various foodstuffs since 1938-39.


16.52 APPARENT PER CAPITA CONSUMPTION OF FOODSTUFFS

Average three years ended

Commodity
Units
1938-39
1948-49
1958-59
1968-69
1978-79
1988-89
1996-97
1997-98
1998-99

Meat (carcass equivalent weight)
- Beef
kg
n.a.
n.a.
n.a.
n.a.
n.a.
38.3
37.8
36.2
34.9
- Veal
kg
n.a.
n.a.
n.a.
n.a.
n.a.
1.7
1.8
1.9
1.5
- Beef and veal
kg
63.6
49.5
56.2
40.0
64.8
40.0
39.6
38.1
36.4
- Lamb
kg
6.8
11.4
13.3
20.5
14.4
14.9
11.1
11.0
11.8
- Mutton
kg
27.2
20.5
23.1
18.8
3.6
7.3
6.0
5.7
4.5
- Pigmeat
kg
3.9
3.2
4.6
6.7
13.3
17.5
17.6
18.5
19.0
- Total meat
kg
101.5
84.6
97.2
85.9
96.1
79.8
74.2
73.3
71.6
- Offal and meat n.e.i.
kg
3.8
4.0
5.2
5.1
5.9
3.1
0.9
n.a.
n.a.
- Total meat and meat products (carcass equivalent weight)
kg
118.5
103.0
112.4
98.8
102.0
82.8
75.1
n.a.
n.a.
Canned meat (canned weight)
kg
1.0
1.2
1.9
2.2
1.6
n.a.
n.a
n.a.
n.a.
Bacon and ham (cured carcass weight)
kg
4.6
5.3
3.2
3.6
6.0
6.9
8.5
8.7
8.7
Poultry (dressed weight)(a)
kg
n.a.
n.a.
n.a.
8.3
17.1
24.1
27.8
29.6
30.8
Milk and milk products
- Market milk (fluid whole litres)
L
106.4
138.7
128.7
128.2
100.5
101.7
104.2
103.0
102.4
- Cheese (natural equivalent weight)
kg
2.0
2.5
2.6
3.5
5.3
8.8
10.6
10.7
10.7
Oils and fats
- Butter
kg
14.9
11.2
12.3
9.8
5.1
3.2
2.8
2.8
2.9
- Margarine
kg
2.2
2.8
n.a.
4.9
8.5
9.0
6.6
6.7
6.4
- Table margarine
kg
0.4
0.4
n.a.
1.5
5.4
6.8
4.7
4.4
4.5
- Other margarine
kg
1.8
2.4
2.2
3.4
3.1
2.2
1.9
2.3
1.9
Beverages
- Tea
kg
3.1
2.9
2.7
2.3
1.7
1.2
0.8
0.8
0.9
- Coffee
kg
0.3
0.5
0.6
1.2
1.6
2.0
2.0
2.3
2.4
- Aerated and carbonated waters
L
n.a.
n.a.
n.a.
47.3
67.4
87.4
114.4
109.0
113.0
- Beer
L
53.2
76.8
99.7
113.5
133.2
113.1
95.5
94.5
93.2
- Wine
L
2.7
5.9
5.0
8.2
14.7
20.2
19.0
19.7
19.8
- Spirits (litres alcohol)
L
0.5
0.8
0.7
0.9
1.2
1.2
1.2
1.3
1.2

(a) Excludes Tasmania, the Northern Territory and the Australian Capital Territory.

Source: Apparent Consumption of Foodstuffs, Australia (4306.0); the Australian Dairy Corporation.


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