• U.S. Rice Farmers Provide 81 Percent of Rice Consumed by Americans

    by Deborah Willenborg | Aug 18, 2016
    Crunching the numbers
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    WASHINGTON, DC – USA Rice released the annual U.S. Rice Domestic Usage Report  today, tracking shipments and consumption of U.S. milled rice from August 2014 to July 2015. According to the report, U.S. rice mills shipped 10.56 billion pounds of rice to domestic and foreign markets, an increase of approximately 780 million pounds from one year earlier.

    While rice imports increased, the rate of increase, 7 percent, was less than the previous year’s 10.7 percent.  The report revealed that U.S. farmers are maintaining an 81 percent rate of American-grown domestic rice consumption despite increased imports and exports of the U.S. crop.

    Ken Cox, of Louisiana-based Farmers Rice Milling Co. and chairman of the USA Rice Domestic Usage Report Subcommittee, shared his enthusiasm about the future of this report, “We saw quite a significant increase in the voluntary participation by our rice mills this year, up six from last year along with several new mills interested in participating moving forward.”

    “This year’s survey to the mills was redesigned to capture more specific data, breaking all of the subcategories down by white milled, brown, and specialty milled rice.  Our Subcommittee believes that diving deeper into the category-specific trends will be more helpful to the mills that participate and those who purchase the report,” Cox said.

    He noted a few interesting trends in the report, “Derived disappearance shrank this year from 26 to 25.3 pounds but we can attribute it to the increase in exports at a higher rate than the increase in domestic supply and imports.  This number is fairly cyclical and changes in part based on the ebb and flow of the U.S. rice stocks.”

    Overall, the report captures 6.46 billion pounds of rice shipped domestically, of which 62 percent is for direct food use and 38 percent for processed foods like pet food, beer, sake, and snacks.

    To purchase the report containing 35 pages of charts, graphs, and data analysis, please email pbachmann@usarice.com.

  • Domestic Usage Report: Per Capita Rice Consumption Increases in 2014

    by Deborah Willenborg | Nov 24, 2015
    The numbers are in
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    ARLINGTON, VA -- According to USA Rice’s annual U.S. Rice Domestic Usage Report, which tracks shipments and consumption of U.S. milled rice from August 2013 to July 2014, U.S. rice mills shipped 9.78 billion pounds of rice to domestic and export markets.  American consumption of rice increased to 26 pounds per capita, a one-pound increase compared to last year, with growth contributed by increases in both imported and domestically grown rice.

    While imports increased from the 2012-13 milling year, the report found that more than 81 percent of the rice consumed domestically was American grown.  Imports from Thailand saw the largest increase and made up 58 percent of total imported rice, followed by India and Vietnam.  Fifty percent of rice milled within the U.S. was distributed domestically; and more than six billion pounds of rice were shipped domestically (63 percent went towards direct food use and 37 percent towards pet food, processed food, beer, and sake).

    “We are pleased to release the completed report which identified several interesting trends in the domestic rice market,” said Ken Cox, Louisiana rice miller and chairman of the USA Rice Domestic Usage Report Subcommittee.  “Domestic rice shipped within the retail grocery category saw a significant jump by 22 percent and military shipments were up 17 percent from the last report.  Shifts in the market were also evident with increased consumption of rice types like parboiled, instant/pre-cooked, and rice flour.”

    USA Rice President & CEO Betsy Ward said, “This report is extremely useful to us because it not only identifies positive trends we can help the industry capitalize on, but negative ones as well that we need to focus resources against - such as apparent rising imports of rice."

    Ward concluded, “We continue to strongly urge rice industry members to label their rice as “Grown in the U.S.A.” since we know American consumers want to buy local and support American farmers.”

    The full report can be purchased for $500.00 per company.  For more information and to purchase the report, contact Peter Bachmann (pbachmann@usarice.com).