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U.S. organic dairy market - statistics & facts

Ever since the organic food movement took off, organic dairy has experienced widespread demand worldwide. Conventional factory farming methods involve giving dairy cows feed that is not part of their natural diet, keeping the livestock in cramped and squalid conditions, and treating them with growth hormones. The answer to this has been organic dairy farms, which typically allow their cows to graze, do not use growth hormones or antibiotics on their livestock, and commit to treating the animals humanely. The global market value of the organic dairy products was about 22 billion U.S. dollars in 2021 and is projected to grow to 34.8 billion dollars by 2027. The organic food market in the U.S. has been steadily increasing for the past 15 years and had over 57 billion U.S. dollars in sales in 2021.

Organic dairy sales

In the United States, the organic dairy market generated about 4.9 billion dollars in revenue in 2021.From January to November that year, total organic milk sales in the United States amounted to about 2.56 billion pounds and total fat reduced milk was the most commonly sold milk. The average price for a half a gallon of organic milk in 2021 was just under four dollars, more than one dollar cheaper than the cost of 16 ounces of organic butter. Organic butter also saw a large decrease in sales that year, while sales of organic yogurt increased

Consumer behavior

More than 94 million Americans use organic foods as of 2020. However, over 150 million Americans report not using organic foods. Of those who do eat organic, approximately 31.5 million regularly bought organic yogurt in 2020, making it the most consumed organic food after meat and poultry. Consumers up to age 29 are more likely to purchase organic foods. The share of Americans over 30 who prefer organic foods is almost half that of younger Americans.


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