America's Shrinking Grocery Bill

Graphic by Bloomberg Businessweek; Data: BLS Consumer Index, BLS Consumer Expenditure Survey, USDA

In 1984, the average U.S. household spent 16.8 percent of its annual post-tax income on food. By 2011, Americans spent only 11.2 percent. The U.S. devotes less of its income to food than any other country—half as much as households in France and one-fourth of those in India.