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.
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