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According to the Sydney Morning Herald, Fairfax Media has obtained IRI-Aztec data on Australian grocery sales for the 2013-14 financial year. The market researcher’s report is based on the cash register data from every Coles, Woolworths, IGA and FoodWorkssupermarket in the country, and adds a weighting to estimated sales made at Aldi. It does not include alcohol sales.

We took a look at these figures and quite frankly they are absolutely shocking. Some snapshots from the data include:

Australia’s top five checkout items are:

  1. Coca Cola 375mlx24
  2. Coca Cola 375mlx30
  3. Woolworths Milk 3ltr
  4. Coca Cola 2lts
  5. Coca Cola 1.25ltrs


Australia’s top ten fastest growing item categories include:

  • Roll your own tobacco
  • Chips
  • Ice cream
  • Cigarettes
  • Confectionary
  • In house bread and cakes
  • Soft drinks

Despite the huge growth in junk food sales, the three biggest suppliers to Australian supermarkets are British American Tobacco, Philip Morris and Imperial Tobacco Australia, which provide a combined $8.4 billion of annual revenue.

Now, I read this information this morning and I was absolutely disgusted. Right now, we are living in an era when we are more educated than ever before. We know what is healthy and what is unhealthy. We know why these things are healthy and unhealthy and we are taught to make healthy decisions and understand the ramifications.

So why are we being so unhealthy and blatantly dismissing these important lessons we have learnt?

Is life no longer precious?

In the last five years, we’ve begun to understand more about the harm sugar, in large quantities, can do to our bodies. So why are we drinking so much coke? If you’ve ever watched the acid test (drop a dirty old coin in coke overnight and see how clean and shiny it is in the morning), you’ll be fully aware of what it is doing to your insides. But we keep on drinking the stuff.

We also understand more about smoking now than ever before. We know it is bad for us and for those around us and that in most cases where someone has smoked, it has lead to life threatening illnesses – be it cancer, emphysema, lung disease or heart disease. So why do we keep on going?

I’m not the world’s best person with my diet – I believe everything in moderation (sometimes including moderation!) but I am so grateful for being so educated about the ramifications of the decisions I make, because they do help me to make healthier ones.

So Australia, why aren’t we being healthy and responding to all of the valuable things public education programs have taught us?

Do you think we’re lazy, ignorant or do we just care too little? Share your thoughts in the comments below… 

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  1. If any of those companies or items depended on me to buy them they would be broke in a week! Nothing on that list ever gets into my house!!

  2. I did a similar check about 20 years ago and the top four items then were the same as yours now! Frightening.

  3. Someone else is having my share of these figures and the majority of my families,we don’t buy any of those things.I do get alcohol once a year for the Christmas pudding and cakes,never coke or cigarettes,

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  4. The only thing on the list for me is lite Milk and I only buy 2 litres for 2 weeks and only have it in coffee and no sugar. They must be buying more than that.. how do they survive?

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    • Sorry I fibed I buy milk as well but I read it as Woolworths milk and I only buy from our local supplier it’s $4.90 for two litres but I’d rather it go to the farmer than Multinational plus I see the cows in the paddocks that give us the milk

    • I wish I could buy it from a local producer Libby.. but no one has a cow who lives anywhere near me. But next time I go I will look more closely at the milk labels to see if anyone locally is selling it..thanks for the tip

  5. I’m sure the statistics would be the same here in NZ Im the same Libby, never buy anything on that list!!Do home baking and make my own ice cream.Junk food is heaps cheaper to buy here than good healthy food

  6. I can imagine the conversation at the dinner table..”whats for dinner” ..”oh we are having ice cream, chips and coke and a cigarette for desert” There be a lot of unhealthy adults in years to come as the children in these families who buy this stuff age.. nothing on the lists that I buy

  7. I’m not surprised lollies, chips, chocolate and coke are growing in sales. If you look at all the supermarket catalogues this is what there pushing all the time. Always on sale.

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    • Have noticed that too.

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      • So have I. I am always so disappointed for several reasons that most of the specials in supermarket catalogues are junk food.

    • I am shocked and dismayed at our society, we are so wealthy even those on welfare, do I hear an outcry? I think we are addicted to junk food

  8. Don’t shock me. I can see it all around me. Not just education but income Cheap junk filling but no substance part of problem

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