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There are more than 5.4 million food and beverage serving and related workers employed in the United States. According to IBISWorld, the U.S. retail coffee industry generated revenues of $46 billion in 2018, after growing 5.9 percent over the previous five years. Citing National Coffee Association figures, the research firm indicated that about 57 percent of the nation's adults consume coffee every day, reflecting a per capita consumption increase of 1.2 percent since 2013. Baristas may be employed by small coffee shops, cafes, and restaurants such as sandwich shops, tea rooms, soda shops, and diners; and larger coffee shops, restaurants, hotel dining rooms, ships, trains, and many other establishments where beverages and food are served. 

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