Monterey, CAOrganic Produce Network has released its State of Organic Produce 2022 report.

The 72-page report provides an overall view of organic produce retail performance in 2022. It also offers specific insights into the top 20 organic produce categories. A key finding: The performance of individual produce categories varied widely in 2022.

Highlights from the State of Organic Produce 2022 report

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  • Total organic produce sales increased by 3% and volume decreased by −3.7% year over year.
  • The performance of the top 20 categories varied, which OPN credited to  inflation and other pressures created a dynamic market environment.
  • The best performers in terms of year-over-year sales increases were onions (15.4%), cucumbers (11.3%), and potatoes (10.7%)
  • The worst performers were lettuce (−3.1%), celery (−2.3%), and bell peppers (−2.1%).
  • In terms of volume, the best-performing organic commodities year over year were grapes (6.9%), herbs and spices (6.5%), and cucumbers (2.7%)
  • The weakest performers by volume were lettuce (−12.7%), avocados (−11.4%), and apples (−10.3%).
  • Posting year-over-year increases in sales and volume: Organic herbs and spices showing gains of 4.1% and 6.5%, respectively, and organic grapes showing respective gains of 8.3% and 6.9%.
  • Berries took top spot by total retail sales with $1.561 billion in sales (next was packaged salad sales totaled $1.556 billion).

Comparing organic produce to conventional

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For more insights into last year’s organic produce performance, access the State of Organic Produce 2022 report.

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