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Apr 23, 2012

Organic Food Sector Continues to Grow in 2011

On 23 April 2012 the Organic Trade Association (OTA) announced that the organic food sector continued to expand in 2011.  Total sales rose to US$31.5 billion in 2011 (US$29.22 billion in organic food, US$2.2 billion in non-food organic sales).

Some 2011 organic food sector statistics:

  • the organic food sector grew by $2.5 billion (9.4%) in 2011
  • the organic fruit and vegetable category contributed close to 50% of new dollars
  • the fastest growing sector was meat, fish and poultry (13% increase over 2011)
  • meat, fish, and poultry is still the smallest of the eight organic food categories
  • organic food sales account for 4.2% of all U.S. food sales, up from 4 percent in 2010.
OTA expects sales to increase by approximately 9% in 2012 and 2013.

For more see:

Meyer, Bob. "Organic Continues to Gain Popularity," Brownfield Ag News, 23 April 2012.

"Consumer-driven U.S. organic market surpasses $31 billion in 2011," Organic Trade Association Press, Release, 23 April 2011.

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