The Average American Drinks Seven Ounces of Milk a Day, Our All-Time Low
We used to be a milk drinking country. But somewhere in a sea of bottled water, energy drinks, sports drinks, and Milwaukee's Best, we lost that. According to the latest numbers, the average American now drinks 20.2 gallons of milk per year. That's the equivalent of a seven-ounce glass every day. And that, is KILLING the milk industry. It's an ALL-TIME LOW.
In 1975, we were drinking an average of 28.6 gallons per year, or 10 ounces a day. That's a massive difference.
Skim and lowfat milk make up the majority of milk sales, at about $9 BILLION a year. Whole milk is next, at $3.7 BILLION.
Flavored milks only make about $1 BILLION, soy milk makes about $800 MILLION, and milkshakes make $100 MILLION.
The USDA says the main reasons we're abandoning milk are the rise in bottled water, and people realizing there's a decent amount of SUGAR in milk, which means it's not as healthy as we used to think.
(Wall Street Journal)