Variety, Price, and Consumer Desirability of Fresh Fruits and Vegetables in 7 Cities around the World

Brenna Kirk, Brittney Melloy, Visraant Iyer, Lindsay M Jaacks

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Abstract

Few studies have attempted to quantify the variety, price, and consumer desirability of fruits and vegetables (F&Vs) across a diversity of cities. We implemented a market basket survey of F&Vs from December 2018 to February 2019 in middle-income neighborhoods of the following cities: Visakhapatnam, India; Kathmandu, Nepal; Addis Ababa, Ethiopia; Dar es Salaam, Tanzania; Mexico City, Mexico; Bangkok, Thailand; and Brookline, United States. The total variety of fruits ranged from 4.1 in Visakhapatnam to 17.3 in Brookline, and of vegetables from 6.1 in Dar es Salaam to 20.3 in Brookline. Of the 3 fruits for which price data were collected, apples tended to be the most expensive, and bananas the least expensive. For vegetables, capsicum tended to be the most expensive and eggplants the least expensive. Tablet-based market basket surveys are a useful tool for evaluating food environments. These pilot data provide further evidence of the homogenization of global diets.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)nzz085
JournalCurrent developments in nutrition
Volume3
Issue number9
Early online date25 Jul 2019
DOIs
Publication statusE-pub ahead of print - 25 Jul 2019

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