Store turnover as a predictor of food and beverage provider turnover and associated dietary intake estimates in very remote Indigenous communities

Thomas Wycherley, Megan Ferguson, Kerin O'Dea, Emma McMahon, Selma Liberato, Julie Brimblecombe

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    Abstract

    Objective: Determine how very-remote Indigenous community (RIC) food and beverage (F&B) turnover quantities and associated dietary intake estimates derived from only stores, compare with values derived from all community F&B providers. 

    Methods: F&B turnover quantity and associated dietary intake estimates (energy, micro/macronutrients and major contributing food types) were derived from 12-months transaction data of all F&B providers in three RICs (NT, Australia). F&B turnover quantities and dietary intake estimates from only stores (plus only the primary store in multiple-store communities) were expressed as a proportion of complete F&B provider turnover values. Food types and macronutrient distribution (%E) estimates were quantitatively compared. 

    Results: Combined stores F&B turnover accounted for the majority of F&B quantity (98.1%) and absolute dietary intake estimates (energy [97.8%], macronutrients [≥96.7%] and micronutrients [≥83.8%]). Macronutrient distribution estimates from combined stores and only the primary store closely aligned complete provider estimates (≤0.9% absolute). Food types were similar using combined stores, primary store or complete provider turnover. 

    Conclusions and implications: Evaluating combined stores F&B turnover represents an efficient method to estimate total F&B turnover quantity and associated dietary intake in RICs. In multiple-store communities, evaluating only primary store F&B turnover provides an efficient estimate of macronutrient distribution and major food types.

    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)569-571
    Number of pages3
    JournalAustralian and New Zealand Journal of Public Health
    Volume40
    Issue number6
    DOIs
    Publication statusPublished - 1 Dec 2016

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