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The ERS Food Availability (Per Capita) Data System (FADS) includes three distinct but related data series on food and nutrient availability for consumption. The data serve as popular proxies for actual consumption at the national level. Food availability data are now updated through 2013, the most recent year available; these data are the foundation for the other two series. Loss-adjusted food availability data are also available through 2013 for most products but are preliminary estimates. Nutrient availability data are provided through 2010. Documentation is available for each of the three data series. Custom reports are currently unavailable.

The 2013 data include estimates for over 200 commodities, including individual fruits, vegetables, grains, added sugars & sweeteners, dairy products, nuts, meat, poultry, and seafood. However, for several added fats & oils, durum flour, candy & confectionary products, and rice, data beyond 2010 are not available at this time. This means that certain summary estimates—such as per capita daily amounts of calories and food pattern equivalents (or servings)—cannot be calculated beyond 2010 for the added fats & oils group. The grains group no longer includes rice. Additionally, the summary estimates or totals across all food groups cannot be calculated beyond 2010.

These data limitations also mean that certain summary estimates for food loss at the retail and consumer levels in the United States cannot be calculated. The data for added fats & oils (except butter), durum flour, and candy & other confectionery products are unavailable because the Census Bureau terminated select Current Industrial Reports (CIR). However, the absence of data on durum flour and candy & confectionary products is not critical to FADS since the data are available at a higher level of aggregation (from wheat flour in the case of durum flour) or are represented by individual sugars & sweeteners in FADS (by cane and beet sugar in the case of candy & confectionary products).

Per capita estimates for rice are unavailable due to a large and unexplained decline in the implied total domestic and residual use estimate. Residual use accounts for all unreported losses in the milling, transporting, and marketing of rice, and also offsets any statistical error in another supply and use account.

ERS is currently working to resolve these data issues and, where possible, is investigating the use other potential data sources.

Data Set   
DownloadsLast UpdatedNext Update
Food AvailabilityBack to top
BeveragesDownload as Excel2/1/2015
Coffee, tea, cocoa, and spicesDownload as Excel2/1/2015
Dairy (fluid and cream)Download as Excel2/1/2015
Dairy productsDownload as Excel2/1/2015
EggsDownload as Excel2/1/2015
Fats and oils (added) Download as Excel2/1/2015
Fish and shellfishDownload as Excel2/1/2015
Fruit (all uses)Download as Excel2/1/2015
Fruit (canned) Download as Excel2/1/2015
Fruit (dried)Download as Excel2/1/2015
Fruit (fresh)Download as Excel2/1/2015
Fruit (frozen)Download as Excel2/1/2015
Fruit juicesDownload as Excel2/1/2015
Fruit (melons)Download as Excel2/1/2015
Fruit and vegetablesDownload as Excel2/1/2015
GrainsDownload as Excel2/1/2015
Peanuts and tree nutsDownload as Excel2/1/2015
PopulationDownload as Excel2/1/2015
Poultry (chicken and turkey)Download as Excel2/1/2015
Red meat (beef, veal, pork, lamb, and mutton)Download as Excel2/1/2015
Red meat, poultry, and fishDownload as Excel2/1/2015
Sugar and sweeteners (added)Download as Excel2/1/2015
Vegetables (all uses)Download as Excel2/1/2015
Vegetables (canned)Download as Excel2/1/2015
Vegetables (fresh)Download as Excel2/1/2015
Vegetables (frozen)Download as Excel2/1/2015
Vegetables (legumes)Download as Excel2/1/2015
Vegetables (mushrooms)Download as Excel2/1/2015
Vegetables (potatoes)Download as Excel2/1/2015
Loss-Adjusted Food AvailabilityBack to top
CaloriesDownload as Excel2/1/2015
Dairy (fluid milk, cream, and other products)Download as Excel2/1/2015
Fats and oils (added)Download as Excel2/1/2015
Food pattern equivalentsDownload as Excel2/1/2015
FruitDownload as Excel2/1/2015
GrainsDownload as Excel2/1/2015
Meat, poultry, fish, eggs, and nutsDownload as Excel2/1/2015
Sugar and sweeteners (added)Download as Excel2/1/2015
VegetablesDownload as Excel2/1/2015
Nutrient AvailabilityBack to top
Nutrients (food energy, nutrients, and dietary components)Download as Excel2/1/2015

Last updated: Wednesday, August 26, 2015

For more information contact: Jeanine Bentley