WASHINGTON, July 22, 2015 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Following is the daily "Profile America" feature from the U.S. Census Bureau:
Profile America — Wednesday, July 22nd. The home front during World War II had to cope with some irritating impositions, notably gas rationing and a lack of new cars and tires. But what for many was a real crisis was coffee rationing. Decreed in 1942 because of hoarding and supply concerns, it proved very unpopular. Late this month in 1943, President Roosevelt ended the program because imports had rebounded. Coffee may have been an early import by the Jamestown colony in the 17th century. Coffee consumption overtook tea after the American Revolution and peaked in 1946 at over 46 gallons per capita annually. Now, Americans drink an average of about 23 gallons of various coffee preparations per year, some portion of that from the nation's 19,000 coffee shops. Coffee sales at the wholesale level are nearly $17 billion per year. Profile America is in its 19th year as a public service of the U.S. Census Bureau.
Coffee vs. tea: http://www.talkaboutcoffee.com/10-facts-about-the-coffee-industry.html
Per capita consumption:
Coffee shops/NAICS 7222135: http://factfinder.census.gov/faces/tableservices/jsf/pages/productview.xhtml?pid=ECN_2007_US_00A1&prodType=table
Wholesale coffee/NAICS 14811: http://factfinder.census.gov/faces/tableservices/jsf/pages/productview.xhtml?pid=ECN_2012_US_42I3&prodType=table
Profile America is produced by the Center for New Media and Promotions 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 "Multimedia Gallery" by the "Newsroom" button).
SOURCE U.S. Census Bureau