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Table 2 Characteristics and contributions of the top 10 food companies contributing to Australian household purchases of sodium from packaged foods and beverages

From: Correction to: Contribution of major food companies and their products to household dietary sodium purchases in Australia

Company rank1 No. of unique products Total weight of products purchased
(g/d per capita)
Mean2
Sodium (mg/d per capita) Mean purchase-weighted sodium content (mg/100 g)3 Contribution to total weight of sodium purchases
Mean2 Median (25th to 75th percentiles) Total (%) Top 3 food categories contributing to sodium purchases4
1 (Retailer) 2406 74 156 15 (0–166) 386 15 Processed meat (19%); Cheese (14%); Bread (11%)
2 (Retailer) 2313 84 138 56 (9–180) 302 12 Processed meat (19%); Cheese (15%); Bread (14%)
3 (Retailer) 2317 94 128 65 (14–169) 267 12 Processed meat (17%); Bread (17%); Cheese (15%)
4 163 9 42 21 (6–53) 581 4 Bread (80%); Processed meat (18%);
Cakes, muffins and pastries (2%)
5 268 10 39 19 (7–47) 505 3 Bread (62%); Mayonnaise and salad dressings (15%); Cakes, muffins and pastries (7%)
6 536 14 36 24 (10–47) 321 3 Vegetables (34%); Sauces (29%); Processed fish (22%)
7 174 7 32 18 (6–41) 434 3 Biscuits/cookies (98%); Crisps and snacks (2%)
8 535 7 26 16 (6–32) 448 2 Sauces (79%); Herbs and spices (10%); Chocolate and sweets (6%)
9 432 5 25 14 (4–32) 359 2 Spreads and dips (58%); Chocolate and sweets (13%); Biscuits/cookies (13%)
10 216 28 21 11 (4–25) 492 2 Crisps and snacks (74%); Soft drinks (14%); Biscuits/cookies (7%)
Others 17,356 303 490 429 (271–637) 383 42  
  1. 1Rank = Companies are ranked in order of their contribution to the total weight of sodium purchased by Australian households, from highest to lowest. Results for the top 10 companies are shown separately, with the remaining 1319 companies summed together to simplify data presentation. 2Standard error (SE) for mean weight of products purchased (g/d per capita) and sodium (mg/d per capita) not displayed as SE ≤0.1 for each mean value. 3Purchase-weighted sodium content (mg/100 g): weight of sodium (mg) divided by the total weight (g) of products purchased (package size x quantity sold in 2018). 4% contribution of each of the top 3 food categories were calculated as a total of all sodium purchases within each company