Organic Food Sales Grow 8.4 Percent
The U.S. organic sector gained new market share and broke previous records in 2016, reaching $43 billion in sales, according to the Organic Trade Association’s 2017 Organic Industry Survey. While the overall food market was stagnant with a growth rate of just 0.6 percent, organic food sales increased by 8.4 percent, or $3.3 billion. Organic food now accounts for more than 5.3 percent of total food sales in the nation.
Category bright spots include the $15.6 billion organic fruits and vegetables sector which maintains its position as the largest of the organic food categories, accounting for nearly 40 percent of all organic food sales. Sales of organic meat and poultry increased by more than 17 percent in 2016 to $991 million, representing the category’s largest-ever yearly gain. Organic dips also saw sizable growth of 41 percent in 2016, with $57 million in sales, while organic spices increased by 35 percent to $193 million in sales.
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