Shoppers generally continue to be satisfied with their supermarkets; they're concerned about the environment and nutrition; and, in an apparent effort to offset increasing prices, more are using coupons and switching to less costly store brands.
These are just some of this year's trends, reported recently by the nonprofit Food Marketing Institute in Washington.
FMI says this year's annual survey, the 20th, showed:
*More than eight in 10 shoppers gave their primary supermarket a rating of good or excellent for its convenient location, quality produce, good variety, courteous and friendly employees and good-quality meat. But only two out of three gave the good or excellent rating for low prices or fast checkout.
*Larger weekly grocery bills reflect a rise in consumer prices. From 1990 to 1991, the average bill increased from $74 to $79, the first significant increase since 1986, when it jumped from $68 to $74. The average per-person weekly expenditure also increased significantly, from $29 to $32.