Organic food: US sales jump more than 8%
Organic food

US sales jump more than 8%

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Laura Batcha is executive director of the Organic Trade Association.
Laura Batcha is executive director of the Organic Trade Association.

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.

 

Source: Organic Trade Association
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