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Convergence in Global Food Demand and Delivery

  • Regmi, Anita
  • Takeshima, Hiroyuki
  • Unnevehr, Laurian J.

Using food expenditures and food sales data over 1990-2004, this report examines whether food consumption and delivery trends are converging across 47 high- and middle-income countries. Middle-income countries, such as China and Mexico, appear to be following trends in high-income countries, measured across several dimensions of food system growth and change. Convergence is apparent in most important food expenditure categories and in indicators of food system modernization such as supermarket and fast-food sales.

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Paper provided by United States Department of Agriculture, Economic Research Service in its series Economic Research Report with number 56449.

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Date of creation: Mar 2008
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  1. Seale, James L., Jr. & Regmi, Anita & Bernstein, Jason, 2003. "International Evidence On Food Consumption Patterns," Technical Bulletins 33580, United States Department of Agriculture, Economic Research Service.
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  8. Regmi, Anita & Unnevehr, Laurian J., 2005. "Convergence or Divergence in Food Demand: Comparison of Trends in the EU and North America," 2005 International Congress, August 23-27, 2005, Copenhagen, Denmark 24687, European Association of Agricultural Economists.
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