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Banana supplies have been steady for most of 2013, which has led to an increase in sales, suppliers say. Continue reading
If you think organic produce is a trend that has plateaued, think again.
The latest Organic Trade Association survey shows organic fresh produce sales continue to rise and at a greater rate as the recession recedes.
OTA figures show produce sales rose by more than 13% to $9.7 billion in 2012, and organic fruits and vegetables account for more than 10% of consumer fruit and vegetable sales, compared with 6% in 2006 and 2% in 1998.
There is no doubt that consumers’ demand for organic food, especially fresh fruits and vegetables, will increase as the economy strengthens.
Companies that specialize in organic produce and ones that grow and ship only a portion of their product as organic each are finding success.
Nearly every fruit and vegetable item is seeing organic growth.
For instance, organic pear production in the Northwest is expected to rise this year to meet demand.
In the past, we have been skeptical of OTA’s sales figures, and this year they differ from ones we’ve used. In The Packer’s annual Produce Market Guide, we reported retail scan data figures from FreshLook Marketing that showed organic produce sales grew from $2.34 billion in 2011 to $2.78 billion in 2012, and increased from 4.5% of total produce sales to 5.2% of total sales.
The OTA acknowledges its survey has overestimated sales in the past, and it’s good to see the group continue to work on presenting the industry with accurate figures.
Regardless of the details, organic produce remains a niche that many produce companies find worth the investment.
Source: The Packer
Eating recommended levels of fruits and vegetables can add as much as three years to life expectancy, one research report concludes.
The American Journal of Clinical Nutrition’s August edition has a study linking longer life to greater fruit and vegetable consumption.
The study, “Fruit and Vegetable Consumption and All-Cause Mortality,” was written by researchers from the Institute of Environmental Medicine, Karolinska Institutet, Stockholm, Sweden. Continue reading
For organic consumers, the decision to purchase the higher priced organically grown products is not based on economic factors, but rather a lifestyle choice.
This characteristic has allowed the category to enjoy continual growth, according to suppliers. Continue reading
The organic category is still seeing growth, according to growers and shippers.
“The overall category is showing growth similar to the growth that we experienced back in 2008 prior to the economic depression,” Jim Roberts, vice president of sales with Naples, Fla.-based berry grower-shipper Naturipe Farms LLC, said in an e-mail. Read more after the jump. Continue reading
Unified Grocers has named Charlie’s Produce as its exclusive partner in all produce categories for Unified’s independent retail customers operating stores in Oregon, Washington and Alaska. Retail customers of Unified in the Pacific Northwest will now have more than 5,500 fresh produce items available, as well as a broad assortment of specialty and prepared produce, floral and home meal replacement products. Continue reading
A fun and interesting tidbit to give to your customers to help keep their organic bananas fresh longer. Continue reading