American dairy consumption at all-time high

A recent report by the USDA’s Economic Research Service finds dairy consumption per capita is on the rise.

Americans consumed more than 650 pounds of all dairy products in 2019, up one percent from the year before and the largest amount in the history of the report which began in 1975.

Michael Dykes, head of the International Dairy Foods Association, says the product mix consumers demand is changing—as we eat more dairy than we drink—and dairy on the whole continues to grow.

Slight declines in fluid milk consumption, yogurt, and dry and canned products last year were offset by increases in cheese, butter, frozen products like ice cream and some dry products like whey.

Over the past ten years, American consumption of cheese has increased nearly 20 percent, butter is up 24 percent and yogurt is up 7 percent.

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