GREENFIELD, Mass. — U.S. sales of organic food and nonfood products grew 17.1% to $24.6 billion in 2008 vs. the previous year, according to the 2009 Organic Industry Survey, conducted by Lieberman Research Group on behalf of the Organic Trade Association. Organic food sales grew by 15.8%, accounting for 3.5% of total food sales last year.
Organic beverages experienced the greatest growth (40%), followed by breads and grains (35%). Organic fruits and vegetables accounted for the