Food Environments Product properties

Retail value (total sales) of ultra-processed foods per person

FSCI

Calculation

Sales of ultra-processed food/country population. Population was determined using estimates from the World Bank.

Definition

Total sales of ultra-processed foods in the calendar year per person (USD/person).

Relevance

This indicator proxies the availability of UPFs, defined as foods made of mostly industrial ingredients and additives with minimal amounts of unprocessed foods. These additives are not naturally occurring in the food but are added in the processing phase in order to increase palatability and shelf life. Examples of UPFs include sweet and savory snacks, instant noodles, confectionery, meat substitutes, and soft drinks, among others.