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Organic Dairy Sales Rose 11% In 2014 To $5.46 Billion; Organic Food Sales Also Up 11%


USDA: There Are Now 19,474 Certified Organic Operations In US, 27,814 Worldwide

Washington—The organic dairy sector posted an almost 11 percent increase in sales last year to $5.46 billion, the biggest percentage increase in the dairy category in six years, according to a survey on the organic industry from the Organic Trade Association (OTA).

Sales of organic food and non-food products in the US last year totaled a record $39.1 billion, up 11.3 percent from 2013. Organic food sales last year totaled $35.9 billion, up 11 percent from 2013, while organic non-food sales, at $3.2 billion, were up almost 14 percent from 2013.

The US organic sector has expanded substantially since OTA first began tracking the industry’s performance in 1997. That year, organic food sales totaled around $3.4 billion, and accounted for less than 1 percent of total food sales.

In 2014, organic food claimed almost 5 percent of the total food sales in the US.
Organic fruits and vegetables continued to be the biggest-selling organic category in 2014 with $13 billion in sales, up 12 percent from 2013 and accounting for more than 36 percent of all organic food sales. Some 12 percent of all the produce now sold in the US is organic.

Consumer Organic Attitudes
The majority of US households in all regions now make organic a part of their supermarket and retail purchases, from 68 percent to almost 80 percent of households in southern states, to almost 90 percent on the West Coast and in New England, according to new market research released Wednesday at OTA’s annual policy conference.

“Our latest industry data show robust demand and great opportunity for the organic sector,” said Laura Batcha, the OTA’s CEO and executive director. “OTA’s consumer survey has already found that organic doesn’t have Send me more information.