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U.S. Organic Sales Post Impressive Gains in 2008

May 5, 2009
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U.S. sales of organic products, both food and non-food, reached $24.6 billion by the end of 2008, growing an impressive 17.1 percent over 2007 sales despite tough economic times, according to the Greenfield, Mass.-based Organic Trade Association (OTA). The OTA made available the final results from its 2009 Organic Industry Survey on May 4.

“Organic products represent value to consumers, who have shown continued resilience in seeking out these products,” said Christine Bushway, OTA’s executive director.

The survey, conducted by Lieberman Research Group on behalf of OTA, measured the growth of U.S. sales of organic foods and beverages, as well as non-food categories such as organic fibers, personal care products and pet foods, during 2008. Results show organic food sales grew 15.8 percent in 2008 to reach $22.9 billion, while organic non-food sales grew by an astounding 39.4 percent to reach $1.6 billion. OTA said organic food sales now account for approximately 3.5 percent of all food product sales in the United States.

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