A Week’s Worth Of Groceries In 19 Countries

Ever wondered what a week’s worth of groceries looks like to people around the world? Photographer Peter Menzel did — capturing images of the shopping trips from average families across the globe. The pictures highlight the differences and similarities of diets across cultures. The general trend is unsurprising: Western nations are heavy on processed and prepackaged food, while many of the Asian, African, and Middle Eastern families rely on raw ingredients more heavily.

A few of the pictures are a little shocking – does the average Mexican family really drink that much Coca-Cola? Do Italians really eat that much bread? How do families in rural Chad get by on so little? Read on and discover what a week’s worth of groceries looks like in 19 countries around the world.

United States

American families consume a fairly balanced mix of packaged, frozen, and fresh food. Fast food or takeout are regularly substituted for home-cooked meals.

Great Britain

Brits consume a large amount of packaged, canned, and jarred foods.


Aussies love meat, fresh fruits, veggies, and of course, that distinctive salty sandwich spread known as Vegamite.


Canadians enjoy many of the same brands their fellow North Americans do down south, albeit with plenty of Canadian staples like fish and ham. On second thought, who needs groceries when you can just pop into Tim Hortons?

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