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Factors Affecting U.S. Beef Consumption

by Christopher Davis and Biing-Hwan Lin

Outlook No. (LDPM-13502) 25 pp, October 2005

Beef is a highly consumed meat in the United States, averaging 67 pounds per person per year. Findings based on the 1994-96 and 1998 Continuing Survey of Food Intakes by Individuals (CSFII) indicate that most beef was eaten at home. Annual beef consumption per person was highest in the Midwest (73 pounds), followed by the South and West (65 pounds each), and the Northeast (63 pounds). Rural consumers ate more beef (75 pounds) than did urban and suburban consumers (66 and 63 pounds). Beef consumption also varies by race and ethnicity. Blacks ate 77 pounds of beef per person per year, followed by 69 pounds by Hispanics, 65 pounds by Whites, and 62 pounds by other races. Low-income consumers tend to eat more beef than consumers in other income households.

Keywords: Beef, consumption, fresh beef, processed beef, per capita use, ethnicity, region, gender, age, income

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Last updated: Thursday, January 31, 2013

For more information contact: Christopher Davis and Biing-Hwan Lin