The organic food market refers to retail selling products produced using organic farming methods, excluding synthetic pesticides, fertilizers, and genetically modified organisms. The demand for organic food has grown in recent years due to consumer concerns about conventionally produced food’s health and environmental impact. The global organic food market was valued at over $100 billion in 2020 and is expected to grow in the coming years.
Organic food sales have consistently grown over the years, with global organic food sales reaching $94 billion in 2018 and projected to reach $140 billion by 2024. Organic food market size constitutes 5% of the total food market. Some estimate a CAGR growth of 12% for North America. The global sale of organic food has risen by 170% in under a decade from 2002 onwards. North America and Europe are the largest markets for organic food, accounting for over 70% of global sales. California is the largest producer of organic food in the US, followed by Washington and New York.
The US is the major market for organic products, with a market of $55 billion. Other market intelligence agencies have estimated the global organic food market to be over $100 billion. Anyway, we may look at this, the organic food industry still constitutes a small percentage of the global food industry.
The US is the largest market for organic food and food products. Its market has been put at 24.3 billion Euros. Approximately 43% of the world’s revenues from organic food come from the US alone. Other major contributors are Germany 13%, France 8%, China, Canada, the UK, and Italy, constituting 4%. The European organic food market was estimated in 2013 at US $31 million (FiBL-IFOAM 2015).
Sales of organic food and non-food products in the United States reached $39.1 billion in 2014, up 11.3% from the previous year. Organic sales in 2015 were close to hitting a 5% share of the total food market. The biggest percentage increase in sales took place in the organic dairy sector, which posted an 11% jump in 2014, clocking $5.46 billion. Outside of food, organic fiber and personal care are large and account for 8% of the organic market (Organic Market Analysis).
According to the World Bank, the food and agriculture industry is around 10% of the global GDP of $78 trillion. The world’s natural and organic food market and retail industry were estimated in 2015 to be $92 billion (deduced from Statista projection figures).
The demand for organic food is driven by consumers concerned about health, the environment, and animal welfare. The organic food market is dominated by fresh produce, fruits and vegetables, and dairy and meat products.
The organic food industry can be more costly for producers than conventional farming, as it requires more labor and resources to maintain organic standards. The certification process for organic food can also be costly for producers, requiring regular inspections and documentation to ensure compliance with organic standards.
Consumers are willing to pay a premium for organic food, as they believe it is higher quality and more nutritious than conventional food. The organic food industry has faced challenges such as fraud, mislabeling supply chain issues, and limited access to organic ingredients.
Let me add a few references for those who may wish to do further research on organic food. You will find authentic statistics on the organic food industry:
- Grain production worldwide by type, 2018/19 | Statista.
- Nutrition Facts: A guide to good health: Ahluwalia, Sudhir: 9781654323486: Amazon.com: Books