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National Diet and Nutrition Survey Report for Scotland
The National Diet and Nutrition Survey (NDNS) estimates food consumption, nutrient intake and nutritional status of the general population aged 18 months upwards living in the UK. FSA in Scotland funded a boost of the NDNS from years 2008-2012 to provide representative data for Scotland.
The results for Scotland have been released as an Official Statistic. Study Duration: April 2008 to March 2012
Background: The NDNS provides high quality data on the types and quantities of foods consumed by individuals from which estimates of average nutrient intakes for the population are derived. The UK NDNS was mainly funded by FSA until 2010 and it is now jointly funded by Public Health England (PHE) and the FSA. The most recent UK report covering years 1 to 4 (2008 to 2011) was published by PHE on 14 May 2014: UK NDNS Data.'
Increased sample sizes were also funded in Wales and Northern Ireland by the Devolved Administrations. Results for Northern Ireland and Wales will be published as separate reports.
The Scotland report covers the same topics as the main UK report including food consumption, use of dietary supplements, intakes of energy, macronutrients, vitamins, minerals, salt intake and biochemical measures of nutritional status.
Research Approach: The NDNS Survey is carried out by a consortium of three organisations: NatCen Social Research, MRC Human Nutrition Research and the University College London Medical School.
The participants were recruited from a random sample of Scotland addresses drawn from the Postcode Address File. For each household the selected individuals were are asked to complete a diary of food and drink consumption over four consecutive days. An interview was conducted to collect background information on dietary habits, socio-demographic status, lifestyle and physical activity. Participants who agreed to a nurse visit were then asked to provide a blood sample to assess nutritional status and those aged four years and older were asked to provide a 24-hour urine collection to assess salt intake. Physical measurements data were also collected.
The data were weighted to minimise any bias in the observed results. The mean daily intakes of energy and macronutrients such as total fat, saturated and trans fatty acids and Non-Milk Extrinsic Sugars (NMES) are provided and compared with the Scottish Dietary Goals (SDGs) and the UK Dietary Reference Values (DRVs). In addition, population adequacy of micronutrient intake was assessed by comparing intake with the age and sex specific UK DRVs. Biochemical indices of micronutrient status from blood samples were also compared with threshold values to give an estimate of the proportion of the population at greater risk of deficiency.
Results: This comprehensive analysis of diet and nutrition for Scotland combines results from four years of the survey between 2008 and 2012 and provides a detailed picture of the diet and nutrition status of the Scottish population including a comparison with UK by sex and age for intakes of selected foods and nutrients.
Key findings: * Intakes of key foods (including: meat, oily fish, confectionery, biscuits, cakes and pastries) and nutrients (including: energy, total fat, saturated fats, trans fats, sugars, protein, vitamins and minerals) were generally very similar in Scotland to those in the UK as a whole. The only consistent differences in intakes across the age/sex groups were for vegetables and fibre which were slightly lower in Scotland compared to the UK. Other small differences tended to be in a less healthy direction for Scotland. * The analyses did not identify new nutritional problems specific to the Scottish population. * The findings confirm that both the Scotland and the UK population are consuming too much saturated fat, non-milk extrinsic sugars (NMES) (also known as ‘added sugars’ or ‘free sugars’) and salt and not enough fruit and vegetables, oil rich fish and non-starch polysaccharides (NSP; a measure of fibre). * The lowest income group had a lower consumption of fruits and vegetables, fibre and some vitamins and minerals and a higher consumption of NMES in children. Blood analyses showed evidence of low vitamin D status in a proportion of adults and children across the UK, with a higher proportion in Scotland for most age groups compared to the UK.
Item last updated: Thursday September 18 2014 07:12
Grocery Market Slows To Record Low As Inflation Disappears
The latest grocery share figures from Kantar Worldpanel for the 12 weeks ending 14 September, show overall grocery market growth slowing to a new record low of 0.3% as price inflation falls to zero.
Fraser McKevitt, head of retail and consumer insight at Kantar Worldpanel explains: “Consumers are currently benefitting from intense price competition between the grocers. For the first time ever we’ve seen the average basket of everyday goods bought today costing exactly the same as it did a year ago. With some staple groceries such as vegetables, milk and bread prices are actually falling as the big retailers all compete for a bigger slice of shoppers’ wallets. As a result the grocery market is currently growing by just 0.3%, the lowest level since our market data was first compiled in 1993.”
“Aldi has continued its run of double-digit growth, which now stretches back to February 2011, by recording a sales increase of 29.1% compared with last year. Similarly, Lidl has increased sales by 17.7%, showing that shoppers still have a strong appetite for the discount stores. At the other end of the market Waitrose has grown its sales faster than in previous months, up 4.5%, which has brought its market share back up to 5.1%.”
Asda has recorded the best results among the big four supermarkets this period. It is the only one of the major grocers to increase its market share, now at 17.4%, and to see an uplift in its sales which have grown 0.8% compared with last year. There is no sign yet of recovery at Tesco; sales are down 4.5% leaving its market share at 28.8%. Morrisons’ market share remains under pressure, with sales down by 1.3%, although the rate of decline has slowed considerably as its fresh food promotional voucher scheme has taken effect. * * * Essential reports and research: * Food Retailers (UK) * Supermarkets (UK)
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Ready Meals in the US - Competitive Environment, Major Players And Leading Brands, 2014
As the US economy continues to gradually improve, many consumers are once again considering eating out at restaurants and choosing more expensive fresh food choices as viable options to replace ready meals. Consequently, volume sales of ready meals declined in 2011 and 2012.
However, manufacturers have adjusted their strategies to emphasise convenience and freshness over value in the hope of targeting the growing group of millennial grocery shoppers. Prepared salads and chilled ready meals were...
The Ready Meals in USA report offers a comprehensive guide to the size and shape of the market at a national level. It provides the latest retail sales data 2009-2013, allowing you to identify the sectors driving growth. It identifies the leading companies, the leading brands and offers strategic analysis of key factors influencing the market - be they new product developments, distribution or pricing issues. Forecasts to 2018 illustrate how the market is set to change.