chapter  1
Introduction to Food Supply Chain Management
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Today, most Americans enjoy a relatively high standard of living compared to people in developing countries. The average American consumes just under 2,000 pounds of food per year, including 630 pounds of dairy products, 413 pounds of vegetables, 273 pounds of fruit, 230 pounds of meat and non-dairy animal products, 192 pounds of grain-based products, 142 pounds of sweeteners and 85 pounds of fat. Perhaps not surprisingly, these numbers include a substantial amount of French fries, pizza and ice cream — 29, 23 and 24 pounds, respectively. The estimated average lifetime consumption of food products for a person living in the developed world is illustrated in Figure 1.2 .