Retail fresh produce sales in the US surpassed the record set in 2020 in terms of value but not in terms of volume. Fresh produce prices were 6.5% higher than in 2020 as costs soar. December 2021 alone saw a 14.7% Y-o-Y increase in prices of fresh fruit.
The top sellers in 2021 were berries, which nearly doubled in sales value, followed by apples and tomatoes. Other areas with high year-on-year growth were salad kits and melons. Tomatoes, potatoes and peppers lost a little ground compared with their 2020 records.