Jun 18, 2020
May organic produce sales up from last year
The Organic Produce Network

Total organic fresh produce sales and volume continue their double-digit growth over last year, with May sales and volume increasing 16% from the same period in 2019, according to the May 2020 Organic Produce Performance Report released exclusively by the Organic Produce Network and Category Partners.

Organic fresh produce sales last month saw a continuation of trends established in March and April, with elevated sales across the entire supermarket as consumers continued at-home eating in the face of restaurant closures, albeit at slightly lower levels. As a result, May 2020 organic fresh produce sales topped $662 million.

May '19 vs May '20 changes, organic and conventional
May ’19 vs May ’20 changes, organic and conventional. Source: OPN

Overall, organic sales in May increased by 16.3% in dollars, and 16.2 % in volume from May of 2019, while conventional produce dollars increased by 18% and volume was up 15.5%. The May 2020 Organic Produce Performance Report utilized Nielsen retail scan data covering total food sales and outlets in the United States over the month of May.

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Matt Seeley

“We continue to see the strength of organic fresh produce at retail and how consumers show no indications of shifting purchases away from organic fruit and vegetables,” said Matt Seeley, CEO of the Organic Produce Network.

Bananas continue to be the dominant category for volume growth, larger than the next two categories (carrots and apples) combined. Per the report, the top three categories – bananas, carrots and apples – also share a common trait: retail prices for organic options are priced relatively close to their conventional counterpart.

Steve Lutz
Steve Lutz

A broader trend reflected in the report is consumer purchases of organic ingredient products. “Of the top 15 organic volume growth categories, nine were vegetables,” said Steve Lutz, Senior Vice President, Insights and Innovation at Category Partners. “Large volume increases in products like organic cauliflower, celery, herbs, mushrooms and broccoli continue to reflect a shift in consumer home food preparation habits since the beginning of the pandemic in March.”

The full May 2020 Organic Produce Performance Report is available on the Organic Produce Network website at https://www.organicproducenetwork.com/education.

OPN is a marketing organization serving as the go-to resource for the organic fresh produce industry, including organic producers, handlers, distributors, processors, wholesalers, foodservice operators and retailers. For more information, visit www.organicproducenetwork.com.

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