Netherlands National Food Consumption Survey (NFCS) Database

The Dutch National Food Consumption Food Consumption Database is a dataset on food consumption across the population of the Netherlands.

Dutch National Food Consumption Survey

What is DNFCS 2012-2016?

Dutch National Food Consumption Survey 2012-2106 was a large cross-sectional study conducted by the Dutch Ministry of Health, Welfare and Sport (VWS) and coordinated by the Dutch National Institute for Public Health and the Environment (RIVM). In the survey period of four years from November 2012 to January 2017, food consumption data among the general Dutch population was collected in the DNFCS 2012-2016. The survey compiled data on food consumption, the intake of macro-and micronutrients, the intake of potentially harmful substances and related trends. The survey research was designed in a manner that the food consumption of the general Dutch population gets collected on a semicontinuous basis. The survey aimed to provide a basis for monitoring food consumption to inform nutrition and food policy for facilitating a healthy lifestyle in Dutch society. 


The survey population comprised people in the Netherlands in the age range 1 to 79 years. Pregnant and lactating women were not included in the population, as well as institutionalised people. Only one person per household was permitted to participate. A total of 16 groups were drawn as stratified samples per period of four weeks, and the survey population was intended to represent 16 age categories regarding age and gender, region, degree of urbanisation, and educational level. The educational level of parents/caretakers was considered for children aged up to 18. The study population was monitored on these characteristics and sampling was adjusted on these factors if needed.  During data collection, 6,733 persons aged 1-79 were invited to participate in the study, of whom 4,313 completed the data collection. The survey consisted of 16 age and gender groups. The participants are chosen from a representative panel of consumers of the market research agency Kantar. The individuals in this study participate in all types of studies and they are not selected on the basis of dietary characteristics. During the study period of four years, they are not involved in any other types of food consumption survey. 


Dutch National Food Consumption Survey 2012-2106 was conducted by the market research company Kantar by inviting participants by an invitation letter. Parents of children (1-15 years) and adolescents (12-20) years were provided with specific brochures. The responses were collected either by post (physically) or online through the Kantar website. General and specific questionnaires were used to record the responses. Briefly, the questions covered various background and lifestyle factors such as patterns of physical activity, educational level, family situation, smoking habits, alcohol consumption and frequency of consumption of specific foods and dietary supplements. Dietary recalls were conducted twice, non-consecutively for 24 hours with an interval of four weeks. For the youngest and oldest age groups, this method is combined with diaries.

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How do I access the Dutch National Food Consumption Survey 2012-2016 datasets?

The data on Dutch National Food Consumption Survey 2012-2016 can be accessed in a variety of ways:

  • Website: Most important results of DNFCS 2012-2016 are published in Dutch on the website
  • Publications. The results based on the polls are described in various publications such as reports, fact sheets and scientific articles
  • RIVM statline . More detail about the results can be found on RIVM National Institute for Health and Environment -statline, a dashboard format data page. For example, more insight into distribution distributions of the intake, information about consumption on consumption days, et cetera.

The data files are available for download as CSV files.

Alternatively, a special request for a copy of the total data file for research objectives can be made by contacting .


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How is the Dutch National Food Consumption Survey 2012-2016 datasets used by companies, institutes and organizations?

The Dutch National Food Consumption Survey 2012-2016 datasets aimed to facilitate food producers, nutrition policymakers, researchers and consumers in several ways. Following are some key usages of the datasets available from the survey:

  • To determine the consumption of food groups, including fruits, vegetables and fish and the percentage of children and adults that meet the most recent dietary guidelines in the Netherlands for these foods;
  • To calculate the intake of energy and nutrients from foods and drinks and the percentage of children and adults that meet the recommendations on energy and nutrients using tools such as Creme Nutrition. 
  • To assess the use of dietary supplements and the intake of micronutrients from foods and drinks and from dietary supplements separately and combined;
  • To assess the place and moment of consumption of foods and drinks, energy and nutrients;
  • To monitor diet by subgroups of the population, for instance, subgroups based on socio-demographic factors;
  • To analyse the trends in food consumption so as to minimize nutritional deficiencies and exposure to food-borne health risks
  • To assess exposure risk to the population to chemicals, contaminants and biological agents, using tools such as Creme Food Safety.
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