U.S. Census Bureau Daily Feature for June 11: National Dairy Month

WASHINGTON, June 11, 2016 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ — Following is the daily “Profile America” feature from the U.S. Census Bureau:

NATIONAL DAIRY MONTH

Profile AmericaSaturday, June 11th. This is National Dairy Month, observed since 1937 when it was called National Milk Month. The makers of butter, cheese and ice cream wanted some recognition, so it shortly changed to its current name, and promotes the quality and nutritional benefits of refrigerated dairy products. Americans eat more dairy products than any other food group except fruits and vegetables, averaging 612 pounds each annually. This includes about 36 pounds of various cheeses, 23 pounds of ice cream, sherbet and other frozen products, and 165 pounds of milk. About 130,000 people work in America’s dairy manufacturing industry, one that ships products valued at more than $112 billion annually. You can find more facts about America’s people, places and economy, from the American Community Survey, at www.census.gov.

Sources:
Dairy month/accessed 4/1/2016: http://www.idfa.org/news-views/media-kits/cheese/june-is-national-dairy-month 
Consumption/accessed 4/1/2016:
http://www.ers.usda.gov/datafiles/Dairy_Data/pcconsp_1_.xlsx 
Dairy manufacturing industry/NAICS 3115: http://factfinder.census.gov/faces/tableservices/jsf/pages/productview.xhtml?pid=ASM_2014_31AS101&prodType=table

Profile America is produced by the Center for New Media and Promotion of 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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