10 GROCERY SHOPPING HABITS AROUND THE WORLD TO SAVE TIME AND GET YOU FRESHER FOOD

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Around the world, people shop for groceries a bit differently. And although habits vary, many shoppers put a lot of emphasis on choosing healthy, fresh foods, finding great deals, or buying particular foods from specialty shops.

Here are some great grocery shopping habits around the world that you might want to adapt.

1. Try reducing food waste like some shoppers in the UK.



Shoppers in the UK are buying smaller amounts of food more frequently in an effort to reduce waste and save money by not buying more food than what's necessary. Some shoppers visit grocery stores multiple times per day.


2. Consider buying organic, sustainably-sourced foods like some shoppers in the Netherlands.



According to a report by the USDA Foreign Agricultural Service, more and more shoppers in the Netherlands prefer to buy organic food over conventional food.

The report also said many shoppers in the Netherlands seek out products that are sustainably sourced.

3. Shopping locally like many in Italy could score you fresher ingredients.



Grocery shopping is considered a traditional activity in Italy. According to Italy magazine, many shoppers try to purchase their food from local grocers.

Whether it is fruits, vegetables, meats, and cheeses or occasional treats like pastries or cakes, many Italian grocery stores try to offer locally-sourced foods. Because of this, food markets are also quite popular.


4. Many shoppers in Japan don't shy away from frozen foods — and it can be cost-effective and convenient.



With packed daily schedules but a desire to eat healthily, many Japanese shoppers are adding frozen vegetables to their lists, according to Euro Fresh Distribution's reports.

Frozen food doesn't go bad nearly as quickly as fresh food. Plus, aside from being generally cost-effective, frozen vegetables can be just as healthy if not healthier than fresh ones.

According to the report, shoppers in Japan also tend to stock up on single-serving foods, which can be handy for individuals who live alone.

5. If you are short on time, try ordering groceries online like some shoppers in China.