U.S. Organic Food Industry - Statistics & Facts

U.S. Organic Food Industry - Statistics & Facts

Statistics and facts on the organic food industry in the U.S.

Organic foods are foods that are produced using methods that do not involve modern synthetic inputs such a s pesticides and chemical fertilizers. Global sales of organic foods amounted to about 80 billion U.S. dollars in 2014. In that year, North America was responsible for the largest share of retail sales with the United States being the biggest single consumer market.

The demand for organic foods is primarily driven by personal health and environmental reasons and the United States has seen organic food sales growth since 2000. In 2015, organic food sales in the United States generated approximately 39.75 billion U.S. dollars. Within the category, some 83 percent of U.S. organic product sales were made with branded items.

A recent survey discovered that 44 percent of Americans actively try to include organic foods in their diet. Some 18 percent of U.S. consumers indicated to try buying food labeled as organic every week. As of spring 2015, about 47.77 million people purchased organic food in the United States. For about a third of U.S. consumers the supply of organic foods was very important in terms of selecting their primary grocery store.

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