Food Products: Main List

Food Stores

food store, supermarket, grocery store, convenience store, farmers' market, food market;

meat store (the butcher's), fish store, bakery (the baker's), dairy / dairy store;

fruit store, fruit and vegetables store (the greengrocery / the greengrocer's);

deli store / deli (delicatessen), confectionery, liquor store;

street vendor, ice cream vendor, fruit vendor; fruit stand, hot-dog stand, ice cream stand.

The Supermarket

bakery department / bakery section / baked goods;

meat section; fresh meat counter; frozen meat counter; fish section / fish;

poultry section / poultry; deli counter / deli section / deli / delicatessen;

milk and milk products; dairy section / dairy products;

fruit and vegetables section / produce department / fruits and vegetables;

frozen food section / frozen foods; canned goods section / canned goods;

candy section / confectionery / confections / sweets / candy;

beverages section; soft drinks section; pet food section;

customer, shopper, salesperson, salesclerk; shopping cart, shopping basket;

department / section, aisle, shelf, rack, counter, refrigerator, freezer, scale;

checkout counter, cashier, cash register, receipt, groceries; to sell, to buy, to pay;

paper bag; brown bag; plastic bag; shopping bag.


Grain and grain products

wheat, rye, oats, corn (maize), barley, buckwheat, rice;

baked goods / bakery goods, bread, rolls, buns, cakes, cookies, pies;

cereal, corn flakes, oat flakes, wheat flakes, rice flakes, muesli, popcorn;

pasta, macaroni, noodles, spaghetti, vermicelli, ravioli, dumplings;

flour, dough, batter, cake mix.

Baked goods


bread, white bread, whole-wheat bread, rye bread, raisin bread, garlic bread, corn bread;

sourdough bread, French bread / French loaf, pita bread, tortilla;

Rolls, buns

roll, bread roll, sesame roll, poppy seed roll, cinnamon roll, crescent roll / croissant, bagel;

hamburger bun, hot dog bun (AmE: bun = bread roll);

Thin crispy breads

cracker, biscuit, cookie, toast, breadstick, pretzel, hardtack / ship biscuit, wafer, waffle, crouton;

Cakes and cookies

cake, birthday cake, wedding cake, Christmas cake, fruitcake, shortcake, strawberry shortcake;

chocolate cake, chocolate chip cake, chocolate layer cake, chocolate frosting cake, honey cake;

pound cake, almond cake, napoleon, sponge cake, cheesecake, lemon cake; torte; gingerbread;

coffee cake, raisin cupcake, fudge brownie, oatmeal cookie, chocolate cookie;


pie, apple pie, blueberry pie, cherry pie, homemade pie, tart, apple tart;

mince pie, mincemeat pie; pumpkin pie, rhubarb pie, meat pie, knish, pizza;

muffin, blueberry muffin, raisin muffin, biscuit, sour cream biscuit;

pancake, griddle cake, English muffin, doughnut (donut), fritter, waffle.

Meat, poultry, fish

Meat and meat products

meat, beef, pork, veal, lamb, mutton;

beefsteak, roast beef, ground beef, hamburger, spare rib, pork chop, lamb chop, veal cutlet;

ham, bacon, pastrami, corned beef, sausage, salami, smoked sausage, Bologna;

hot dogs, link sausages, frankfurters, wieners;


poultry, chicken, turkey, goose, duck, fowl; eggs;

whole chicken, chicken quarters, chicken leg, drumstick, chicken wing;

chicken breast, turkey breast;

Fish and fish products

fish, salmon, trout, sturgeon, cod, sole, flatfish, plaice, halibut, tuna, perch, bass, sea bass;

pike, herring, eel, mackerel, haddock, anchovy, mullet, carp, sardine, catfish, roach; caviar;

fish steak, salmon steak, fish fillet, fillet of sole, smoked fish, salted fish, marinated herring;


seafood, shrimp, prawns, crab, crayfish (crawfish), lobster, oysters, clams, shellfish, squid.

Dairy products

Milk and milk products

milk, whole milk, skim milk (skimmed milk), low-fat milk, nonfat milk, pasteurized milk;

dry milk, condensed milk; yogurt, kefir, sour milk, buttermilk; cream, sour cream, butter;

cottage cheese, farmers' cheese, homemade cheese, cream cheese;


cheese, Swiss cheese, Parmesan, Cheddar, Mozzarella, Roquefort, blue cheese;

hard cheese, soft cheese, sharp cheese, mild cheese, smoked cheese, grated cheese;

Ice cream

ice cream, vanilla ice cream, chocolate ice cream, fruit ice, strawberry ice cream;

ice-cream cone, popsicle, sundae.

Fruit, berries, dried fruit, nuts


fresh fruit, apple, pear, apricot, peach, nectarine, plum, grapes, cherry, sweet cherry;

lemon, lime, orange, tangerine, grapefruit; banana, kiwi, pineapple, olive, fig;

papaya, mango, avocado, coconut, persimmon, pomegranate; melon, watermelon;


berry, berries, strawberry, raspberry, cranberry, blueberry, bilberry;

black currants, red currants, gooseberry, blackberry, whortleberry;

Dried fruit

dried fruit, dried apricots, raisins, figs, prunes, dates, candied fruit;

Nuts and seeds

nuts, hazelnuts, walnuts, almonds, chestnuts, peanuts, pistachio nuts, cedar nuts;

cashew nuts, pecans, macadamia nuts; apricot pits, pumpkin seeds, sunflower seeds;


raspberry jam, cranberry jam, grape jelly, marmalade, honey, maple syrup, peanut butter.

Vegetables, beans, herbs


fresh vegetables, salad vegetables, canned vegetables, leaf vegetables / leafy greens / greens;

tomato, cucumber, carrot, beet (beetroot), potato, onion, green onions / spring onions, leek;

sweet pepper, red pepper, green pepper, yellow pepper, paprika, hot pepper, chili pepper;

cabbage, cauliflower, broccoli, Brussels sprouts, collard, kale, kohlrabi; mushrooms;

lettuce, spinach, celery, asparagus, artichoke, cress, watercress, chicory, endive; garlic;

eggplant, aubergine, squash, gourd, zucchini, pumpkin, turnip, parsnip, radish, horse radish;

pickled cucumbers / pickles, marinated cucumbers, sauerkraut, canned olives;

Peas, beans, corn

green peas, sweet peas, string beans / green beans, lima beans, kidney beans, black beans;

soybeans, lentil; corn, sweet corn, maize; coffee beans;


dill, parsley, basil, coriander, mint.

Fruit juice, beverages, drinks

apple juice, orange juice, grapefruit juice, lemon juice, tomato juice, fresh fruit juice;

tea, green tea, black tea, tea with milk, iced tea, herbal tea, mint tea, Indian tea;

coffee, instant coffee, espresso, cappuccino, decaffeinated coffee / decaf, black coffee;

coffee with milk, coffee with cream, half-and-half; cocoa, hot chocolate, milk shake;

Water, soft drinks

mineral water, spring water, soft drink, soda water, lemonade, cider, ginger ale;

Alcoholic drinks / liquor

beer, ale, wine, red wine, white wine, champagne;

vodka, cognac, brandy, whiskey, whisky, gin, rum, liqueur; cocktail, punch.

Sauces, salad dressings, vegetable oils, fats

tomato sauce, ketchup, mushroom sauce, meat sauce, steak sauce, gravy, spaghetti sauce;

hot sauce, chili sauce, barbecue sauce, sweet-and-sour sauce, spicy sauce, garlic sauce;

white sauce, dip sauce, soy sauce, apple sauce, cranberry sauce; mayonnaise;

salad dressing, Russian dressing, Italian dressing, French dressing, blue-cheese dressing;

vegetable oil, olive oil, corn oil, sunflower seed oil, sesame oil;

margarine, grease, lard, fat, animal fat, vegetable fat.

Seasoning and spices

seasoning, spices, flavoring, condiment, relish, herbs, seeds, vinegar;

pepper, ground pepper, whole pepper, red pepper, hot pepper, chili pepper; salt;

dill, parsley, mint, coriander, basil, bay leaf, cloves, nutmeg, cinnamon, caraway;

thyme, cardamom, tarragon, oregano, marjoram, rosemary; garlic; mustard; lemon peel.

Sweets, candy, chocolate

candy, candies, sweets, caramels, mint drops, jelly beans, lollipop, bonbons;

chocolates, chocolate candies, chocolate, chocolate bar, candy bar;

taffy (toffee, toffy), fudge, marshmallow.

Expressions of quantity

A bag of: a bag of potatoes; a bag of oranges; a bag of dog food; a bag of potato chips;

A bar of: a bar of chocolate; a bar of candy; a candy bar; a bar of soap;

A bottle of: a bottle of milk; a bottle of mineral water; a bottle of grapefruit juice; a bottle of red wine; two bottles of beer; a bottle of ketchup; a bottle of soy sauce;

A bowl of: a bowl of breakfast cereal; a bowl of cornflakes; a bowl of salad; a bowl of soup;

A box of: a box of spaghetti; a box of corn flakes; a box of crackers; a box of cookies; a box of chocolates; a box of eggs; a box of matches;

A bunch of: a bunch of parsley; a bunch of carrots; a bunch of radishes; a bunch of flowers;

A can of: a can of green peas; a can of olives; a can of tomato soup; a can of sardines; a can of beer; a can of hair spray;

A carton of: a carton of milk; a carton of fruit juice; a carton of eggs; a carton of cigarettes (ten packs of cigarettes);

A container of: a container of sour cream; a container / a cup of yogurt;

A cup of: a cup of coffee; a cup of tea; a cup of soup; a (plastic) cup of coffee;

A dozen: a dozen eggs; two dozen eggs; a dozen oranges; a dozen bread rolls; a dozen hamburger buns;

A gallon of: a gallon of milk; a gallon of spring water;

A glass of: a glass of milk; a glass of water; a glass of beer; a glass of wine;

A head of: a head of cabbage; a head of cauliflower; two heads of garlic;

A jar of: a jar of mayonnaise; a jar of raspberry jam; a jar of pickles; a jar of coffee;

A loaf of: a loaf of bread; a loaf of French bread; two loaves of rye bread;

A mug of: a mug of coffee; a mug of tea; a mug of beer; a mug of ale;

A package of: a package of hot dogs; a package of chicken legs; a package of sesame rolls; a package of cookies; a package of cottage cheese; a package of popcorn; a package of beans; a package of candies;

A packet of: a packet of envelopes; a packet of letters; a packet of cigarettes;

A pack of: a pack of chewing gum; a pack of cigarettes; a pack of cards; a six-pack of beer; a twelve-pack of mineral water; a twin pack;

A piece of: a piece of bread; a piece of cake; a piece of pie; a piece of fruit;

A pint of: a pint of blueberries; a pint of cream; a pint of beer;

A pound of: a pound of meat; three pounds of ground beef; a pound of cheese; a half pound of butter; two pounds of tomatoes;

A quart of: a quart of milk; a quart of apple juice; two quarts of orange juice;

A roll of: a roll of toilet paper; a roll of paper towels; a roll of foil; a roll of film;

A slice of: a slice of bread; a slice of pie; a slice of pizza; a slice of cheese; a slice of meat; a slice of tomato;

A teaspoon of: a teaspoon of instant coffee; a teaspoon of syrup; a tablespoon of salt;

Sugar: a lump of sugar; two lumps of sugar; a cube of sugar; a teaspoon of sugar; a spoonful of sugar;

A tube of: a tube of mustard; a tube of hand cream; a tube of shampoo; a tube of toothpaste;

One, two, five: two fish; four salmon steaks; five frozen hamburgers; three cinnamon buns; six oranges.


1 ounce (oz.) = 28.35 grams (g)

1 pound (lb.) = 16 ounces = 453.6 grams

2.2 pounds = 1 kilogram (kg)


1 pint (pt.) = 0.473 liters (L, l)

1 quart (qt.) = 2 pints = 0.946 liters

1 gallon (gal.) = 4 quarts = 3.785 liters

Note BrE: gram, gramme; kilogram, kilogramme; litre, metre.

(See Shopping for Food and At a Restaurant in the section Phrases.)