From the Popcorn Board: All About Popcorn, Corny Facts:
“Americans consume some 14 billion* quarts of this whole grain, good-for-you treat. That’s 43 quarts per man, woman, and child.
“Popcorn is a type of maize (or corn), a member of the grass family, and is scientifically known as Zea mays everta.
“Popcorn differs from other types of maize/corn in that it has a thicker pericarp/hull. The hull allows pressure from the heated water to build and eventually bursts open. The inside starch becomes gelatinous while being heated; when the hull bursts, the gelatinized starch spills out and cools, giving it its familiar popcorn shape.”
* Average based on 2016-2020 sales
Source: 2018 - 2021 Annual Survey of Manufactures (ASM).
From Business and Economy > International Trade Data:
Note: After you create an account, select options for State Export Data (Origin of Movement) or State Import Data (State of Destination) by Harmonized System (HS) or NAICS. Select State, Measures, Commodity (search Popcorn), Country, or Time for data. More information is available in the Quick Start Guide. HS codes for Popcorn:
Source: 2020 County Business Patterns (CBP).
Source: 2017 Annual Business Survey (ABS) Program.
Source: 2017 Economic Census.
From Census.gov > History > Home Page Archive:
“It may be difficult to resist buying peanuts or popcorn at the circus. According to the National Peanut Board, Georgia, Florida, and Alabama grew 70 percent of the nation's peanuts, and the U.S. Department of Agriculture reported that American farmers grew 785.7 million pounds of popcorn in 2012.”
“For many Americans, movies are not complete without popcorn. According to the U.S. Department of Agriculture, the census of agriculture found that 1,040 farms produced more than 785.7 million pounds of popcorn in 2012. Approximately 45 percent of the nation's popcorn is grown in Nebraska, followed by Indiana (19 percent), Illinois (12 percent), Ohio (11 percent), South Dakota (3.5 percent), and Iowa (2.4 percent).”
From Census.gov / Library / America Counts: Stories Behind the Numbers