Surging Demand for Organic Produce Widens U.S. Supply Gap
Organic acres on the rise but slow production side response to rising demand leaves processors and retailers struggling to secure available supplies
DENVER (June 8, 2017) — Produce processors and retailers are finding it increasingly difficult to secure sufficient supplies of organic produce, as domestic demand continues to rise at a pace that exceeds production, according to a new report from CoBank. The dollar value of U.S. organic produce sales doubled from 2011 to 2015 and annual sales now amount to $5.5 billion. Currently, 15 percent of all U.S. produce sales are organic. While organic acres have nearly doubled over the last decade, that pace of supply-side growth has been sluggish relative to demand.