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Saveloys and sheep’s tongue – a look back at Kiwi food habits

27th October 2020 By Staff Reporter | | @foodtickernz

A glimpse into past and present consumer spend trends reveals the food products Kiwis loved buying, according to Stats NZ.

In an infographic released Friday, Stats NZ showed how New Zealand’s Consumer Price Index (CPI) had changed from the 1960s through to 2020. 

In the 1960s, New Zealanders threw tinned herring out of the CPI basket, but were spending more on coffee. Saveloys and kiwifruit made it in in the 1970s.

Fast-forward to the 1990s and wine coolers were out, but avocados were very much in. 

Hummus had its turn in the 2000s, while flavoured tea was popular in the 2010s’ 

Despite the millennial obsession with avocado, it has still not made the cut in the present day. 



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