Organic milk sales rise while total milk sales fall
May 21, 2007
by Jeff Gelski
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.