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The comparative cost of food and beverages at remote Indigenous communities, Northern Territory, Australia

Ferguson, Megan, O'Dea, Kerin, Chatfield, Mark, Moodie, Marjory, Altman, Jon and Brimblecombe, Julie 2016, The comparative cost of food and beverages at remote Indigenous communities, Northern Territory, Australia, Australian and New Zealand journal of public health, vol. 40, no. Supplement 1, pp. S21-S26, doi: 10.1111/1753-6405.12370.

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Title The comparative cost of food and beverages at remote Indigenous communities, Northern Territory, Australia
Author(s) Ferguson, Megan
O'Dea, Kerin
Chatfield, Mark
Moodie, MarjoryORCID iD for Moodie, Marjory orcid.org/0000-0001-6890-5250
Altman, Jon
Brimblecombe, Julie
Journal name Australian and New Zealand journal of public health
Volume number 40
Issue number Supplement 1
Start page S21
End page S26
Total pages 6
Publisher Wiley-Blackwell
Place of publication Milton, Qld.
Publication date 2016-04
ISSN 1326-0200
1753-6405
Keyword(s) food cost
public policy
remote Indigenous
Summary OBJECTIVE: To determine the average price difference between foods and beverages in remote Indigenous community stores and capital city supermarkets and explore differences across products.

METHODS: A cross-sectional survey compared prices derived from point-of-sale data in 20 remote Northern Territory stores with supermarkets in capital cities of the Northern Territory and South Australia for groceries commonly purchased in remote stores. Average price differences for products, supply categories and food groups were examined.

RESULTS: The 443 products examined represented 63% of food and beverage expenditure in remote stores. Remote products were, on average, 60% and 68% more expensive than advertised prices for Darwin and Adelaide supermarkets, respectively. The average price difference for fresh products was half that of packaged groceries for Darwin supermarkets and more than 50% for food groups that contributed most to purchasing.

CONCLUSIONS: Strategies employed by manufacturers and supermarkets, such as promotional pricing, and supermarkets' generic products lead to lower prices. These opportunities are not equally available to remote customers and are a major driver of price disparity.

IMPLICATIONS: Food affordability for already disadvantaged residents of remote communities could be improved by policies targeted at manufacturers, wholesalers and/or major supermarket chains.
Language eng
DOI 10.1111/1753-6405.12370
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Field of Research 111701 Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health
1117 Public Health And Health Services
1402 Applied Economics
1605 Policy And Administration
Socio Economic Objective 920301 Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health - Determinants of Health
HERDC Research category C1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
ERA Research output type C Journal article
Copyright notice ©2015, The Authors
Free to Read? Yes
Use Rights Creative Commons Attribution noncommercial no derivatives licence
Persistent URL http://hdl.handle.net/10536/DRO/DU:30080255

Document type: Journal Article
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