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January/February 2004
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Ag Facts

Since the 1940s, the average yearly increase of per-capita retail food sales has been less than three percent.

The percentage of the average American's total disposable income spent on food is just about 10 percent annually, very low compared to other countries.

About 40 to 50 percent of the population says convenience is the most important factor in food purchases.

In 1980, the definition of 'convenient' food preparation time was 20 minutes.  In 1990, it was only two minutes.

SOURCE:  John Floros, Penn State Agricultural Council