According to The Organic Trade Association, total sales of organic foods jumped 8.4% in 2016, surpassing $40 billion in sales for the first time ever. By comparison, overall sales in the U.S. food market grew by less than 1% during the same year. This trend has been confirmed by a French organisation, Agence Bio, which estimates that organic foods account for 5.3% of all food sales in the United States today.
This appetite for organic products is so strong that the country is having trouble keeping up with demand. Indeed, according to The Organic Trade Association, today many farmers are importing organic products from abroad in order to supplement their production. This situation is clear: in the United States, the market share of imported organic products has been rising continuously since 2011, increasing from 6% to 16% in 5 years. According to the U.S Department of Agriculture, organics make up 16% of overall food imports.
One thing is sure: Americans’ appetite for organic products has yet to be satisfied.
Sources: Organic Trade Association / Food Business News