Us per capita consumption of flour in 2016 decreased to 131.6 lbs, off 1.4 lbs from the year before and the smallest annual total in 37 years, according to Us Department of Agriculture (Usda) data.
Flour imports in 2016 were up from the year before, at 15.058 million cwts, versus 14.758 million cwts in 2015. The flour import figure was a new record high (beating the previous record set in 2015). The flour export total for 2016 was the largest since 2001, when flour exports totaled 10.507 million cwts. Semolina, pasta, bulgur, and couscous exports totaled 2.938 million cwts in 2016, down from 3.565 million cwts a year earlier. All told, domestic disappearance of flour in 2016 was 428.463 million cwts, down 1.263 million cwts from 2015 and down from 429.843 million cwts in 2014.