REPORT SHOWS ORGANIC/NATURAL CATEGORY TO HIT $47 BILLION

LONDON -- A new report from Datamonitor indicates the U.S. market for natural foods and beverages will more than double its current dollar volume, to $48 billion by 2007.Of that, the majority of the increase will come from sales of certified organic items. The market analysis firm predicted sales of such items will increase from $11.6 billion in 2002 to more than $30 billion within five years. Expansion

LONDON -- A new report from Datamonitor indicates the U.S. market for natural foods and beverages will more than double its current dollar volume, to $48 billion by 2007.

Of that, the majority of the increase will come from sales of certified organic items. The market analysis firm predicted sales of such items will increase from $11.6 billion in 2002 to more than $30 billion within five years. Expansion of the natural foods market in the United States will far surpass that in Europe,

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