ARLINGTON, VA -- USA Rice released the annual U.S. Rice Domestic Usage Report today, tracking domestic shipments and consumption of U.S. milled rice from August 2018 to July 2019. According to the report, U.S. rice mills shipped 108.4 million cwt of rice to domestic and foreign markets, an increase of 1.6 percent over the 2017-18 market year.
Overall, the report captures 65.2 million cwt of rice shipped domestically, a slight increase of 0.9 percent over last year. Of that, 60 percent is for direct food use and 40 percent for processed foods like pet food, beer, saké, and snacks. This distribution is the same as 2017-18, indicating stable domestic demand in these areas.
The 2018-19 Domestic Usage Report carries on the well-received changes made last year, including a questionnaire reformulated to gather more representative and relevant industry data, as well as redesigned graphics and data tables.
"Following the successful revamp of the Domestic Usage Report last year, we were happy to see the increased participation needed to produce an accurate picture of the domestic rice industry," said Gary Reifeiss, vice president of marketing and sales at Producers Rice Mill and chair of the USA Rice Domestic Usage Report Subcommittee. “We expect to issue the 2019-20 DUR survey soon and look forward to getting the next annual report distributed in a more timely manner."
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).