Upward revision in flour output for 2007 and 2006

by Josh Sosland
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WASHINGTON — Production of flour by U.S. mills in 2007 was revised upward by 1,262,000 cwts from preliminary numbers in the "Flour Milling Products: 2007 Summary" issued today by the Census Bureau of the U.S. Department of Commerce. At the newly-revised 418,836,000 cwts, flour production in 2007 was up 15,445,000 cwts, or 3.8%, from revised output of 403,391,000 cwts in 2006. Production in 2007 was the second largest ever and was within 3 million cwts of the 2000 record of 421,270,000 cwts. Running time in 2007 averaged 88.9% of six-day capacity, up from 87.5% in 2006 and 86.2% in 2005. The 2006 revision raised production 3,531,000 cwts, or 0.9%, from 399,860,000 in the 2006 summary issued a year ago. The change for 2006, three times larger than the 2007 revision, entirely involved Missouri production, and this adjustment reflected errors detected in earlier Census data. With the 2006 revision, production in that year was up 8,418,000 cwts, or 2.1%, from 394,793,000 cwts in 2005, versus the 1.2% increase originally reported by the Census Bureau. Durum semolina production in 2007 also was raised, by 228,000 cwts to 32,804,000. The latter was up 2.7% from 31,948,000 in 2006. It was the second largest on record.

These revisions boost 2007 domestic flour disappearance to 416,724,000 cwts, a new record, against a revised 405,852,000 in 2006. Per capita in 2007 soared to 137.9 lbs, against 135.6 in 2006. The recent peak was 146.8 in 1997.

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