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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.

U.S. organic food sales totaled nearly $17 billion in 2006, representing approximately 3 percent of all retail sales of food and beverages

“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 (info@ota.com) or via OTA’s web site (www.ota.com/bookstore.html).

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

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