U.S. Census Bureau Daily Feature for July 22: Baby Food Festival

WASHINGTON, July 22, 2016 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ — Following is the daily “Profile America” feature from the U.S. Census Bureau:

BABY FOOD FESTIVAL

Profile America — Friday, July 22nd. It’s time to pass the mixed carrots, or maybe the pear zucchini corn. Fremont, Michigan is celebrating the 25th annual National Baby Food Festival, which began Wednesday and ends tomorrow. The town of 4,000 is home to the Gerber Baby Food Company, and is welcoming thousands of visitors to enjoy entertainment as well as baby food eating contests by adults and a baby crawl race. Today in the U.S., there are around 4 million babies being cradled or held in parents’ laps for their feedings, rather than being raced. Gerber is joined by other domestic manufacturers of baby foods and infant formula in annual sales of over $1.5 billion. Organic products capture 21 percent of this market. You can find more statistics on communities across the country by downloading the Census Bureau’s “dwellr” mobile application at www.census.gov/mobile.

Sources:
Festival/accessed 4/27/2016: http://babyfoodfestival.com/ 
Gerber/accessed 4/27/2016: https://www.gerber.com/our-story/our-history-and-heritage 
Population/accessed 4/27/2016: http://www.city-data.com/city/Fremont-Michigan.html 
Newborns/page 2/accessed 4/27/2016: http://www.census.gov/newsroom/facts-for-features/2016/cb16-ff09.html 
Baby food & formula sales/accessed 4/28/2016: http://www.statista.com/topics/1218/baby-food-market/

Profile America is produced by the Center for New Media and Promotion of the U.S. Census Bureau. Statistics and accounts drawn from cited non-Census sources are employed for illustrative or narrative purposes, and are not attested to by the U.S. Census Bureau. These daily features are available as produced segments, ready to air, on the Internet at http://www.census.gov (look for “Audio” in the “Library” pull-down menu). 

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SOURCE U.S. Census Bureau

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