Frequently Asked Questions

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How do I find statistics on beverage consumption in the U.S.?

The U.S. Census Bureau does not collect data on beverage consumption; however, information on the topic can be found in the Census Bureau's annual data book, the Statistical Abstract of the United States.  Select the edition (year) of your choice, go to the "Health and Nutrition" section, and then browse the tables.

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) ( produces these data. In addition, you can find information on alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverage consumption by looking at USDA's Food and Nutrient Intake Reports and Food Consumption Data System.

If your interest is in the beverage industry, we do collect and tabulate data from our Economic Census and our County Business Patterns program.  A sampling of the related North American Industrial Classification System (NAICS) codes includes:

  • 312 Beverage and Tobacco Product Manufacturing
  • 445 Food and Beverage Stores
  • 4248 Beer, Wine and Distilled Alcoholic Beverage Merchant Wholesalers



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