What We’re Eating
Tracking habits of consumers is nothing new. Car commercials are always telling us which company or model outsells the others, we know which fast food restaurant is the strongest and which brand of bathroom tissue is preferred by consumers. Therefore, it shouldn’t be any surprise that you can go to a website to find out sales statistics for major categories of grocery sales in your state.
The U.S. Census Bureau released a comprehensive report last fall that tells what the top selling grocery categories are in each state. The data was compiled from a 2012 economic census survey; a new report is expected to be released later this year.
According to the numbers, the top-selling grocery category in Arkansas is meat and poultry, which makes up 14.3% of the total grocery sales in the state. That number is slightly higher than the national average of 10.5%. For Louisiana, our neighbors to the south, meat and poultry is also their biggest sales category. Their sales clocked in at 16.1% of their overall grocery sales, compared to only 3.1% of total sales in the fish and seafood category.
Second to meat and poultry sales, both states see produce in the next sales tier. Arkansas sells about 6.9% of total groceries in the produce category and Louisiana 7.9%.
To see the complete report, click here.