Washington — This past year, U.S. sales of organic snacks rose 15 percent, totaling $1.7 billion, while organic packaged items grew sales 10 percent, reaching $4.8 billion, according to the Organic Trade Association (OTA).
Overall, the organic market grew 11.5 percent compared with the year prior, totaling $35.1 billion, the trade group reports.
Laura Batcha, executive director and CEO of OTA, says: “Consumers are making the correlation between what we eat and our health, and that knowledge is spurring heightened consumer interest in organic products.”
OTA notes organic food sales have averaged nearly 10 percent annual growth since 2010, outpacing the overall food market’s growth of three percent. In addition, the association anticipates sales will keep this pace during the next two years.