For the first time, sales of organic foods in the U.S. topped $60 billion for the year, according to the 2023 Organic Industry Survey released by the Organic Trade Association (OTA). Total organic food sales hit $61.7 billion in 2022, despite pressure from inflation, supply chain disruptions, growing competition at grocery and an extreme labor shortage.
Certified Organic now accounts for 6 percent of total food sales in the United States, OTA said.
Atop the list of organic product categories, produce continued to lead the way, racking up $22 billion in sales and accounting for 15 percent of all U.S. fruit and vegetable sales. Organic beverages ranked second with $9 billion in sales (up 4% from 2021), with organic coffee leading the way within the beverage category (nearly $2.3 billion sales).
The third highest-selling organic category was dairy and eggs at $7.9 billion, with yogurt and eggs registering double-digit growth this year.
Some of the faster-rising categories in the organic food space this year were organic baby food and formula (up almost 13 percent to $1.4 billion), organic rice, grains and potato products (up over 10 percent to $387 million), organic dips (up 18 percent to $194 million), and organic pork (up more than 10 percent to $63 million).