2011-2012 U.S. Rice Domestic Usage Report Now Available

ARLINGTON, VA — U.S. Rice mills shipped nearly 11 billion pounds of rice to domestic and international markets from August 2011 to July 2012 according to the annual USA Rice Federation U.S. Rice Domestic Usage Report, which tracks shipments and consumption of U.S. milled rice. Additional highlights from the report include: Fifty-nine percent of total shipments went to the domestic market and forty-one percent were exported. Of rice shipments to U.S. segments, 59 percent went to direct food use and 41 percent went to food processors. Thirty percent of direct food use went to retail grocery, 27 percent went to ethnic distributors, 19 percent for foodservice, and 16 percent to repackers. Eighty-two percent of all rice consumed in the U.S. is domestically grown, and 18 percent is imported. A full copy of the report can be obtained at usarice.com/reports.