Sales of U.S. organic products reach record $39.1 billion

Sales of organic food and non-food products in the United States set another record in 2014, reaching $39.1 billion, up 11.3 percent from 2013, according to the Organic Trade Association’s 2015 Organic Industry Survey.

Despite tight supplies of organic ingredients, organic food sales posted an 11 percent increase to reach $35.9 billion, while organic non-food sales, at $3.2 billion, jumped almost 14 percent for the biggest annual increase in six years.

The U.S. organic sector has expanded significantly since OTA first began tracking the industry’s performance in 1997. In 1997, organic food sales totaled around $3.4 billion, and accounted for under 1 percent of total food sales. In 2014, organic food claimed almost 5 percent of the total food sales in the U.S., and has consistently far outshone the 3 percent growth pace for the total food industry.  

Organic fruits and vegetables continued to be the biggest-selling organic category in 2014 with $13 billion in sales, up 12 percent from the previous year, and making up more than 36 percent of all organic food sales. Of all the produce now sold in the United States, 12 percent of it is organic, a market share that has more than doubled in the past ten years when organic produce sales accounted for only 5 percent of the fruit and vegetable market.

The organic dairy sector posted an almost 11 percent jump in sales in 2014 to $5.46 billion, the biggest percentage increase for that category in six years.

Sales of organic non-food products—accounting for 8 percent of the total organic market—posted the biggest percentage gain in six years, with sales of organic fiber and organic personal care products the stand-out categories.

The final survey report is available for purchase, with OTA members receiving a discount. Contact Angela Jagiello at OTA for more information.

U.S. certified organic operations jump five percent

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) has announced that the number of U.S. certified organic operations increased by more than five percent over the past year, to reach 19,474 businesses. Meanwhile, the global tally reached 27,814 operations certified to meet National Organic Standards.

Since the count began in 2002, U.S. certified organic operation have increased by over 250 percent. The list of certified organic operations is available online through USDA’s Agricultural Marketing Service.

Global organic market estimated at $72 billion

According to the latest data on organic farming and sales released in February at BioFach, the global organic market in 2013 reached 72 billion U.S. dollars (approximately 55 billion euros), led by the U.S. market with sales of $35.1 billion (24.3 billion euros).

Germany was next, with 7.6 billion euros, followed by France, with 4.4 billion euros. China, for which there were official market data for the first time, logged in with 2.4 billion euros in sales. Two million organic producers—a new high—were reported in 2013. The countries with the highest numbers of producers were India, Uganda, and Mexico.

Meanwhile, a total of 43.1 million hectares were organic at the end of 2013, up almost 6 million hectares compared to the previous year. These and more statistics are included in The World of Organic Agriculture 2015, published and available for purchase from IFOAM-Organics International and the Research Institute of Organic Agriculture.   //