Lancaster farming. (Lancaster, Pa., etc.) 1955-current, August 12, 2000, Image 206

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    Consumption Increases In 1999
On a milk-equivalent, milkfat
basis, per capita consumption of
dairy products reached 598
pounds in 1999, the largest
amount since the mid 19605.
This was a jump of 16 pounds
from 1998 and occurred despite
high and volatile prices. The ac
companying table shows per
capita consumption for selected
Per capita consumption of
Dairy Product Per Capita
fluid milk and cream remained
flat from 1998 to 1999 at 219
pounds. Nonfat dry milk use de
clined to 3.0 pounds per person
from 3.3 pounds in 1998. Per
capita use of evaporated and
condensed products increased
0.5 pounds in 1999 to 6.6
pounds; ice cream consumption
grew 0.2 pounds to 16.8 pounds.
Most of the increase in per
capita consumption was due to
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the 1.5 pound rise in cheese use,
the largest absolute increase
ever and the largest percentage
rise (5.1 percent) since 1982. In
1999, cheese accounted for more
40 percent of total dairy con
sumption on a milkfat basis.
Total cheese use equaled 29.8
pounds in 1999, this compares
with 22.6 pounds in 1985 and 9.5
pounds in 1965. Consumption of
American varieties was up 0.8
Ag Progress Section 2, Lancaster Fanning, Saturday, August 12, 2000—Page 9
pounds (6.7 percent) and pro- butter rose 0.3 pounds (6.7 per
vided the largest share of the in- cent) in 1999 to 4.8 pounds. This
crease. Italian cheese was the second year that butter
consumption grew 0.5 pounds use has risen after two years of
(4.1 percent); mozzarella growth declining consumption,
was 5.4 percent. From “Market Admini-
Per capita consumption of strator’s Bulletin,” June 2000
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