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Industry Statistics and Projected Growth

 

The organic industry continues to grow worldwide.  Here are some statistics regarding this burgeoning market.

  • U.S. sales of organic food and beverages have grown from $1 billion in 1990 to $26.7 billion in 2010. Sales in 2010 represented 7.7 percent growth over 2009 sales. Experiencing the highest growth in sales during 2010 were organic fruits and vegetables, up 11.8 percent over 2009 sales
    Source: Organic Trade Associationís 2011 Organic Industry Survey

  • Organic food and beverage sales represented approximately 4 percent of overall food and beverage sales in 2010. Leading were organic fruits and vegetables, now representing over 11 percent of all U.S. fruit and vegetable sales.
    Source: Organic Trade Associationís 2011 Organic Industry Survey

  • Organic non-food sales grew 9.7 percent in 2010, to reach $1.97 billion.
    Source: Organic Trade Associationís 2011 Organic Industry Survey

  • Total U.S. organic sales, including food and non-food products, were $28.682 billion in 2010, up 9.7 percent from 2009.
    Source: Organic Trade Associationís 2011 Organic Industry Survey

  • Mass market retailers (mainstream supermarkets, club/warehouse stores, and mass merchandisers) in 2010 sold 54 percent of organic food. Natural retailers were next, selling 39 percent of total organic food sales. Other sales occur via export, the Internet, farmersí markets/ Community Supported Agriculture, mail order, and boutique and specialty stores.
    Source: Organic Trade Associationís 2011 Organic Industry Survey.

  • Certified organic acreage in the United States reached more than 4.8 million acres in 2008, according to latest data posted by USDA. U.S. total organic cropland reached 2,655,382 acres in 2008, while land devoted to organic pasture totaled 2,160,577 acres. California leads with the most certified organic cropland, with over 430,000 acres, largely used for fruit and vegetable production. Other states with the most certified organic cropland include Wisconsin, North Dakota, Minnesota and Montana. Forty-five states also had some certified organic rangeland and pasture in 2008; of those, 13 states had more than 100,000 acres each, reflecting the growth in the U.S. organic dairy sector between 2005 and 2008. Certified organic cropland acreage between 2002 and 2008 averaged 15 percent annual growth. However, it still only represented about 0.7 percent of all U.S. cropland, while certified organic pasture only represented 0.5 percent of all U.S. pasture in 2008. Overall, certified organic cropland and pasture accounted for about 0.6 percent of U.S. total farmland in 2008. Fresh produce is still the top-selling organic category in retail sales. Meanwhile, the organic livestock sector has seen growth, with 2.7 percent of U.S. dairy cows and 1.5 percent of layer hens managed under certified organic systems.
    Source: U.S. Department of Agricultureís Economic Research Service, www.ers.usda.gov/data/organic.

  • Acreage managed organically in 2009 in the world totaled 37.2 million hectares, up 2 million hectares from 2008, according to data from The World of Organic Agriculture 2011. Of the total area managed organically, 23 million hectares were grassland. Counted in the report was data from 160 countries. Countries with the largest area of organically managed land were Australia (12 million hectares), Argentina (4.4 million hectares), and the United States (1.9 million hectares. The largest increase in organic agricultural land occurred in Europe, with an increase of one million hectares. Regionally, the greatest share of organic agricultural land was in Oceania (33 percent), followed by Europe (25 percent) and Latin America (23 percent).
    Source: The World of Organic Agriculture: Statistics & Emerging Trends 2011.

  • According to Organic Monitor estimates, global organic sales reached $54.9 billion in 2009, up from, $50.9 billion in 2008. The countries with the largest markets are the United States, Germany, and France. The highest per capita consumption is in Denmark, Switzerland, and Austria.
    Source: The World of Organic Agriculture: Statistics & Emerging Trends 2011


    June 2011, Organic Trade Association
 
 
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