Organic milk sales rise while total milk sales fall

by Jeff Gelski
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Recent statistics from ACNielsen show organic milk sales in the United States climbed more than 14% while overall milk sales dipped almost 2%. Organic milk sales for the 52 weeks ended April 21, 2007, were $899 million, up from $787.2 million for the previous 52-week period. Overall, milk sales dropped to $11.6 billion from $11.8 billion.

Organic baby food sales jumped almost 24% to $121 million from $97.7 million. Overall baby food sales were up almost 4% to $3.7 billion from $3.6 billion. The ACNielsen statistics covered U.S. food, drug and mass merchandisers, not including Wal-Mart.

Within the overall milk category, organic dairy milk refrigerated sales increased a little more than 17% to $569.8 million from $486.5 million. Within the overall baby food category, organic baby juice sales leaped to $2 million from $89,872.

Preliminary findings from the Organic Trade Association’s 2007 Manufacturer Survey revealed U.S. organic food sales, at $16.9 billion, accounted for about 3% of all retail sales of food and beverages in 2006. Organic sales grew by more than 22% from 2005 to 2006, according to the survey.

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