The downward trends in dairy consumption, mainly fluid milk, have been cited as a significant factor in the recent bankruptcy announcements by Dean Foods and Borden Dairy, but agricultural economist David Widmar recently explored the data and found that per capita dairy consumption in the U.S. since the mid-1990s has actually been higher. In addition, although consumption has plateaued in recent years, he said consumption in 2018 -- the most recent data point -- was the highest since 1975.
Economist explores dairy consumption data after bankruptcies
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