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Organic citrus sales decline

Fresh organic citrus sales took a downward turn in 2022, posting year-over-year losses in both U.S. dollar sales (-1.6%) and volume sales (-5.2%). The Organic Produce Network, in its State of Organic Produce 2022 report, called that a “stark contrast” to organic citrus’ double-digit sales gains in 2021.

Despite the sales downturn, citrus snagged the No. 7 (up from No. 9 the prior year) volume spot among organic produce categories in 2022 and had a price premium of 44% over conventional citrus. Organic citrus posted volume sales of 98 million pounds, far behind organic volume leader bananas, which had sales of 508 million pounds. Organic carrots, berries, apples, packaged salads and potatoes also exceeded citrus in volume sales. Citrus did not make the top-10 organic produce dollar sales list.

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