U.S. organic sales fall for the first time

United States
Market & Price Trends
Published Feb 23, 2024

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For the first time, organic sales in the U.S. have experienced a decline, with a 3% drop in 2021 and an additional 3.5% in 2022, according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Economic Research Service. This decrease is attributed to the COVID-19 pandemic, high food price inflation, economic downturn, and changes in consumer buying patterns. Despite this, organic food sales hit a record of US$61.7 billion in 2022, making up six percent of total food sales in the country. The number of certified organic operations decreased in 2022, but the trade of organic products remained strong.
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Organic sales in the United States have slumped after rising steadily for decades. Sharon Raszap Skorbiansky, research economist with the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Economic Research Service, said retail sales fell for the first time ever in 2021. “It was impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic, by high food price inflation, the economic downturn and changes in consumer purchase patterns,” she said during a presentation at the USDA’s 100th Agricultural Outlook. Sales fell by three percent in 2021 and another 3.5 percent in 2022, the last year for which there is available data. Her findings seem to contradict those of the Organic Trade Association, which is reporting that organic food sales reached a record US$61.7 billion in 2022, accounting for six percent of the country’s total food sales. “The organic market grew despite challenging headwinds,” the OTA stated in a news release. “The sector’s four percent growth in sales value was nearly twice the pace of growth in 2021.” Raszap ...
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