Organic Trade Association Reveals Organic Food Sales Break $60 Billion; Tom Chapman Details
WASHINGTON, DC - Organics is continuing to gain steam in the produce aisle. The Organic Trade Association (OTA) recently revealed a survey showing organic food sales in the United States broke through $60 billion for the first time in 2022, with growth pace doubled from the previous year.
“Organic has proven it can withstand short-term economic storms. Despite the fluctuation of any given moment, Americans are still investing in their personal health, and, with increasing interest, in the environment—and organic is the answer,” said Organic Trade Association Chief Executive Officer Tom Chapman. “Organic’s fundamental values remain strong, and consumers have demonstrated they will come back time and again because the organic system is verified, and better for people, the planet, and the economy.”
Total organic sales—including organic non-food products—were a record $67.6 billion, according to the 2023 Organic Industry Survey released Wednesday by OTA.
The organic market grew despite challenging headwinds: inflation pressures tightening consumer wallets, supply chain disruptions caused by the pandemic and global political events, and more. Inflation heated up costs across the organic supply chain and boosted prices in the grocery aisles. As a result, noted the release, the organic sector reflected the overall food sector, with the value of organic sales rising even as the growth in the volume of sales for some categories slipped.
Organic produce, often the entry point for new organic buyers, easily held its position as the top seller of all organic categories. Sales of organic produce totaled $22 billion, accounting for 15 percent of all fruit and vegetable sales in this country.
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