Sales of organic fresh produce in the US continue to rise. In the third quarter of 2023, sale value and volume were up by 2% year-on-year, the same as in the second quarter, according to a report published by Organic Produce Network and Category Partners. The organic berry category led overall dollar sales, with $461 million for the quarter, representing a year-over-year increase of 7%. The second-largest dollar category, packaged salads, experienced a 5% decline in sales in the third quarter of 2023, with sales amounting to $362 million.
Meanwhile, sales of conventional produce were up by 2.4% in value and 1.8% in volume. Price increases in each segment were considerably less compared to the past two years. Conventional produce average price per pound grew by 0.6% year-on-year, while organic pricing per pound rose by a mere 0.1%.