Figures released by DEFRA show that spending on food and drink (excluding alcohol)increased by 6.1% in 2017, however spending on eating out rose by 7%.
In real terms, food has actually gotten cheaper since 2014, with DEFRA figures showing a 6.7% reduction in food costs in 2017 compared with 20 years ago.
More recently, the Consumer Price Indices reported that food and non-alcoholic beverage price inflation in real terms has fallen by 1.4% since 12 months ago. In 2018, prices have fluctuated after three years of falling inflation.
From 2007 to 2018, meat rose an average of 30%; milk, cheese and eggs by 22%, and vegetable by 23%. The largest rise in prices was for oils and fats, up 56%.
When surveyed, 59% of shoppers agree that they try to buy British food whenever they can, while 10% disagree. Meanwhile, 78% agree that it is important to support British farmers, while only 4% disagree.
Based on the farmgate value of unprocessed food in 2017, the UK supplied just under half of the food consumed in the UK.
The leading foreign suppliers of food consumed in the UK were countries from the EU (30%).
Africa, Asia, North and South America each provided a 4% share of the food consumed in the UK. The three largest value-imported commodity groups (at 2017 prices) were fruit and vegetables, meat and beverages.
In 2017, the value of imports was greater than the value of exports in each of the broad categories of food, feed and drink; except beverages, which had a trade surplus of £1.71bn, largely due to exports of Scotch whisky.
Cereals is the second largest export group with a value of £2.1bn, followed by the meat and fish categories at around £1.8bn each.
However, despite increased UK exports, there was a record trade deficit of food, feed and drink in 2017 to £24.2bn, up from £22.8bn in 2016.