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United States: Organic market surpasses 31 billion US dollars in 2011

Organic Trade Association’s 2012 Organic Industry Survey shows continued growth

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Info graphic on organic-related statistics. Source: OTA at http://www.organicnewsroom.com/2012/04/us_consumerdriven_organic_mark.html


Driven by consumer choice, the U.S. organic industry grew by 9.5 percent overall in 2011 to reach 31.5 US dollars billion in sales. Of this, the organic food and beverage sector was valued at 29.22 billion US dollars, while the organic non-food sector reached 2.2 billion US dollars, according to findings from the Organic Trade Association’s (OTA’s) 2012 Organic Industry Survey.

"The U.S. organic sector continues to show steady and healthy growth, growing overall by 9.5 percent during 2011, and, for the first time, surpassing the $30 billion mark," said Christine Bushway, OTA’s Executive Director and CEO.

Overall organic product sales growth of 9.5 percent continued to outpace total sales of comparable conventionally produced food and non-food items, which experienced 4.7 percent growth. The growth in organic sales is proof the consumer is willing to pay for value-added products.

Organic food sales experienced 9.4 percent growth in 2011. The easing of the recession, consumer price inflation due to input price increases, and consumers’ increasing desire for convenience products were all factors that elevated growth for the year. The organic food sector grew by 2.5 billion US dollars during 2011, with the fruit and vegetable category contributing close to 50 percent of those new dollars. The fastest-growing sector was the meat, fish & poultry category, posting 13 percent growth over 2010 sales, but still remaining the smallest of the eight organic food categories.

Organic food sales now represent 4.2 percent of all U.S. food sales, up from 4 percent in 2010.

Meanwhile, organic non-food sales, which reached 2.2 billion US dollars in 2011, experienced strong 11 percent growth, while total comparable non-organic items grew only 5 percent.

Prospects for 2012 and 2013, as indicated through the 2012 survey results, indicate that organic food and non-food sales will continue to sustain growth levels of nine percent or higher.

Source: Press relesae of the Organic Trade Association of April 23, 2012: Consumer-driven U.S. organic market surpasses $31 billion in 2011

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The Organic Trade Association (OTA) is the membership-based business association for organic agriculture and products in North America. OTA is the leading voice for the organic trade in the United States, representing over 6,500 organic businesses across 49 states. Its members include growers, shippers, processors, certifiers, farmers' associations, distributors, importers, exporters, consultants, retailers and others. OTA’s Board of Directors is democratically elected by its members. OTA's mission is to promote and protect the growth of organic trade to benefit the environment, farmers, the public and the economy.



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