Ethnic Foods - Statistics & Facts

This dossier provides statistical information about ethnic foods in the United States. Ethnic cuisine includes different styles of food with a certain heritage or culture such as Mexican food, Asian food or Soul food. A different, common term used is international food.

As international travel, immigration and globalized trade increased worldwide, the interest and attention of ethnic cuisine has risen. U.S. retail sales of ethnic foods amounted to about 11 billion U.S. dollars in 2013 and the diverse category is estimated to generate over 12.5 billion U.S. dollars by 2018. Most of the category dollars are created by Mexican/Hispanic foods, followed by products with Asian heritage. Italian food is also a quite popular ethnic cuisine among Americans. Over two thirds of female U.S. consumers stated to eat Italian cuisine at least once a month.

A recent consumer survey revealed that a good selection of ethnic and cultural foods is very important for 24.8 percent of survey respondents when selecting their primary grocery store. Another survey among U.S. specialty food consumers found out that 44 percent of respondents purchased Mexican foods at retail stores.

In the out-of-home market, new trends such as Peruvian or Korean cuisine were becoming apparent. Ethnic-inspired breakfast items such as Asian-flavored syrups pr coconut milk pancakes were also named as an innovation on U.S. breakfast/brunch menus.

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