Domestic Usage Report: Specialty Rice Shipments Up 35 Percent

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Feb 09, 2018
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 2015 to July 2016. According to the report, U.S. rice mills shipped 112.1 million cwt of rice to domestic and foreign markets, an increase of 6 percent from one year earlier.

Gary Reifeiss, of Producers Rice Mill and chairman of the USA Rice Domestic Usage Report Subcommittee, shared his optimism about this report.  “While total rice production was down in the period covered, rice imports have also decreased by 2.1 percent due in large part to declining purchases from Thailand, and the percentage of domestic rice in the U.S. market share remained steady at 81 percent.”

Reifeiss also disclosed some of the subcommittee’s priorities for the 2016/2017 report.  “Total specialty rice shipments were up 35 percent this year, with basmati and jasmine accounting for most of that amount.  The subcommittee plans to work with the U.S. Department of Agriculture and the Bureau of the Census to update the method of collecting data for long grain imports.  While the data currently breaks out basmati from overall long grain imports, it does not do so for jasmine, and that would be valuable information to have for the sake of accuracy.”

Overall, the report captures 70.4 million cwt of rice shipped domestically, of which 61 percent is for direct food use and 39 percent for processed foods like pet food, beer, saké, and snacks.

The report is free for USA Rice members who have participated in data collection.  All others can go here to purchase a report for the reduced fee this year of $250 ($500 for non-members).

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