Food-Away-From-Home Prices dataset provides average prices for food away from home (FAFH) and alcohol, both at home and away from home. Food away from home is an integral component of the typical American diet and food budget; it also plays a key role in the nutrition and health of Americans. Data on variation in food prices over time and across regions allows estimating how price changes affect the demand for different products such as through changes in quantities purchased or expenditures and to examine how changes in demand, in turn, affect nutritional and health outcomes.
The average prices estimated in this dataset were produced by USDA’s (United States Department of Agriculture) Economic Research Service (ERS), using Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) Consumer Price Index microdata. These estimates do not reflect official estimates of the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. The data contains quarterly average prices (not including taxes) at the national, census regional, and census divisional levels for different products across establishment types—for example, entrees and meals at full-service restaurants, nonalcoholic beverages at limited-service restaurants, fast-food hamburgers, school lunches, beer at home, and wine away from home. The data helps to analyze variations in demand by establishment type, specific foods, and region, as well as the economic determinants of diet quality and health outcomes.