Food and beverage industry global report 2010

Historically, developed countries such as the United States have been the largest producers of food products. However, there has been a slight shift in recent times, with China, Russia and India increasing their production capacities. For example, in the case of wheat production, China increased its production capacity by 26 percent from 2003 to 2007, while Russia raised its capacity by 45 percent. In comparison, over the same period, wheat production in the US decreased by 12.5 percent. Additionally, food purchases in developing countries are shifting from staple foods rich in carbohydrates to more expensive foods such as meat and dairy products, indicating the significant growth potential of developing countries vis-

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