Sales of Organic Fresh Produce Reach $5 Billion

Sales of Organic Fresh Produce Reach $5 Billion

Sales of organic fresh produce items reached nearly $5 billion in 2017, an 8% increase from the previous year, according to data released by the Organic Produce Network (OPN) and Nielsen. Overall, nearly 2 billion pounds of organic produce were sold in grocery stores last year, which is a 10% volume increase from 2016.

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Partnering with Nielsen, OPN’s review of 2017 organic fresh produce sales at retail stores across the U.S. shows dollar sales of organic fresh vegetables were $2.4 billion, while organic fresh fruit sales topped $1.6 billion. A near $1 billion in organic value-added produce items brought total sales to $4.8 billion in 2017.

Overall from last year, 2017 sales of organic fruit volume and dollar sales were up 12.6% from 2016, while organic fresh vegetables sales showed a 4% increase in dollar sales and a 6% increase in overall volume.

The most notable growth occurred within organic fruits, led by a 22% increase in organic berry volume sales. Organic berry sales, which include strawberries, blueberries and blackberries, topped $586 million in 2017. Organic apple sales increased by 11%, while the average retail price decreased by 8%.

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Tom says:

I keep reading about these increases in organic sales but I don’t see it. Let’s take organic strawberries,watch the numbers,conventional can be picking 800,000 flats per day and maintain their price but if organic goes from 40,000 to 70,000 per day the price will drop dramatically,try calling a customer and asking to put 10 more pallets of organic anything and the answer will be are you nuts.When the picks on our organic squash gets heavy we pack it in conventional boxes.