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U.S. organic sales show substantial growth

For more information, contact:
Barbara Haumann (413-774-7511, Ext. 20)

CHICAGO, Illinois (May 6, 2007)—Preliminary findings from the Organic Trade Association’s (OTA’s) 2007 Manufacturer Survey released today at OTA’s All Things Organicä Conference and Trade Show at McCormick Place show U.S. organic food sales totaled nearly $17 billion in 2006, representing approximately 3 percent of all retail sales of food and beverages.

Organic foods’ share of total food sales is up from 1.9 percent in 2003 and approximately 2.5 percent in 2005. According to survey results, sales of organic foods grew by 22.1 percent in 2006 to reach $16.9 billion. Sales in 2005 were $13.831 billion.

“These preliminary findings verify organic product sales to be a shining star in the marketplace, and we expect strong growth in 2007 as well. Both farmers and consumers will have more choices as organic grows,” said Caren Wilcox, OTA’s Executive Director. Organic products are grown without the use of toxic and persistent pesticides and fertilizers, and must meet USDA regulations to use the organic label.

OTA contracted with Packaged Facts of Rockville, MD, to conduct the survey and analyze the results. Packaged Facts conducted the survey in March and April.

The final report of the Organic Trade Association’s 2007 Manufacturer Survey is expected to be available in June. At that time, orders can be placed via phone (413-774-7511, Ext. 16), fax (413-774-6432) or e-mail ( or via OTA’s web site (

Note: Members of the media may request a free copy of the report’s executive summary when it becomes available. Contact Don Fisher at to put in your request for that summary.

The mission of the Organic Trade Association is to promote and protect the growth of organic trade to benefit the environment, farmers, the public and the economy. OTA envisions organic products becoming a significant part of everyday life, enhancing people's lives and the environment. As a membership-based business association, the Organic Trade Association focuses on the organic business community in North America. OTA's 1,600 members include farmers, processors, importers, exporters, distributors, retailers, certifiers, and more. For further information, visit OTA's web site at