Annual U.S. per capita Honey Consumption is
- 50% of the population directly purchases honey, 35% never eat honey, the remaining 15% consume honey in products made with honey (i.e. Honey Cereals, Honey Roasted Peanuts, etc.).
- Total U.S. consumption was 410 million pounds in 2010 according to USDA’s Economic Research Service. The U.S. per capita consumption of honey is around 1.3 pounds per year. The honey consumer eats between 2-2.5 lbs per year.
- Honey is imported in order to meet total demand. In 2010, the share of imports in U.S. honey consumption was approximately 61 percent. (Source: USDA/ERS, Sugar and Sweetener Outlook, March 2011)
- Industrial honey accounts for 45% of total domestic consumption. The primary industrial users are bakery, health food and cereal manufacturers.
- The food service industry consumes another 10% of domestic consumption.
“I eat my peas with honey; I’ve done it all my life. They do taste kinda funny, but it keeps ’em on the knife.” – Ogden Nash