In 2003, the U.S. doughnut industry was a $5 – $6 billion market. American households consumed an estimated 10 -12 billion doughnuts annually; this translates into over three dozen doughnuts per capita. In 2002, doughnut industry sales rose by about 13%. Sales from doughnut outlets rose by about 9%, to approximately $3.6 billion, whereas packaged doughnut sales at supermarkets, convenience stores and other retail outlets staggered in the past five years. A study by Technomic confirmed the growth of doughnut shops and identified this segment as the fastest-growing dining category in the country. Further analysis provided by the following figure shows attractiveness and profitability characteristics of the doughnut industry.