Vegetables and Pulses Outlook No. (VGS-314) 44 pp

April 2006

Per Capita Use Declines in 2005

In 2005, per capita use (also known as disappearance or consumption) of all vegetables and melons declined 1 percent to 444 pounds. Disappearance of all vegetables and melons totaled 131 billion pounds in 2005, compared with 120 billion pounds a decade earlier. Per capita use of fresh market vegetables and melons totaled 174 pounds-down less than 1 percent from the previous year. Led by increased disappearance of processing tomatoes, per capita use of vegetables for canning totaled 103 pounds-up 3 percent from a year earlier and the highest canning use since 1995.

Keywords: cauliflower; tomatoes; potatoes; dry beans; sweet corn; watermelon; cantaloup; supply; demand; prices; per capita use; disappearance; consumption; acres; area; production; shipments; trade; exports; imports

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