USA, Washington. Organic food sales in the United States increased by 8.4% in 2016 to reach $43 bn., marking the first time sales surpassed $40 bn., according to the Organic Trade Association’s industry survey released in May.
The 8.4% jump compared to an increase of 0.6% in overall US food market sales. Overall US organic sales were about $47 bn. in 2016. Sales of organic non-food products increased 8.8% to $3.9 bn. Organic food accounted for 5.3% of total US food sales.
Organic fruits and vegetables, the largest organic food category, accounted for nearly 40% of all organic food sales, rising 8.4% to $15.6 bn. in 2016. Organic fruit and vegetables made up almost 15% of the produce that Americans ate in 2016.
Sales of organic meat and poultry rose more than 17% in 2016 to $991 mill. Organic dips and organic spices, although still smaller categories, recorded double-digit jumps in sales. Organic dip sales increased 41% to $57 mill., and organic spice sales increased 35% to $193 mill.
More than 60% of all organic businesses with more than five employees reported an increase in full-time employment in 2016.