Home cooking during the pandemic has resulted in bigger overall sales of organic products in California and across the US proper. According to an annual survey conducted by the Organic Trade Association, the market for organic products jumped by more than 12% to nearly $62 billion in 2020.
Highlights of that survey were shared during a meeting of the State Board of Food and Agriculture, which focused on California organic agricultural production. Sales of organic food grew nearly 13% to more than $56 billion, according to the survey.
Organic fruits and vegetables, which now account for 15% of the total US retail produce market, saw notable gains. Fresh organic produce sales rose by nearly 11% in 2020 to nearly $18.3 billion. Frozen fruits and vegetables jumped 28.4% to $925 million. Canned fruits and vegetables increased 24.7% to $759 million. Dried beans, fruits and vegetables went up 18.1% to $503 million.