This report from Packaged Facts covers the booming organic market as it expands into the mainstream and gains increased public awareness. With the implementation of new federal organic standards by the USDA, the way is paved for the organic market's phenomenal growth to continue. The report covers the market size and composition, important trends, and projections for future growth. A breakdown of distribution and retail strategies documents the variety of choices organic producers have in bringing products to market. The marketer section offers a guide to recent acquisitions and mergers and in-depth competitive profiles of important players. Competitive focus segments cover dairy; soy; fresh produce; snacks, candy and convenience foods; frozen foods; packaged groceries; refrigerated foods; and bulk markets, as well as the newly defined organic meat market. A consumer analysis gives form to the receiving end of the organic market, detailing the trends and concerns that move people to buy organic, and documenting consumer preferences. Sections on associations and regulators spotlight the factors affecting production. The information contained in this report will help players in the organic arena make informed decisions to compete successfully in this exciting market.
New Standards for Organic Foods Will Cause Sales and Consumer Understanding to Soar
NEW YORK, NY – (October 24, 2000) – MarketResearch.com announced today the release of a new study “The U.S. Organic Food Market”, by Packaged Facts. Predicting the rise of organic sales, this study attributes part of the projected $12 billion market increase to new industry standards proposed by the USDA. Prompted by consumer backlash to hormone use, genetic engineering and irradiation, the USDA intends these federal regulations to define “organic” and enable this segment to become a nationally recognized part of the food and beverage industry. This new legislation will also validate organics in the minds of consumers, propel sales and instigate an overseas market.
“European countries currently ban specific American products because of uncertain genetic content," said Claire Madden, VP of Marketing at MarketResearch.com. “U.S. farmers have lost an estimated $200 million in annual sales because of this ban. With the new standards, U.S. products will meet European guidelines and, hopefully, open a new avenue for sales.”
The use of recombinant Bovine Growth Hormone (rBGH), a synthetic growth hormone which increases the production of milk in cattle, will be forbidden by the new legislation. Use of this hormone has proven to cause mammary infections in cows and resulted in depressed milk prices. Although other controversial issues still remain, the new USDA regulations address most of the serious concerns and should be law by end of 2000.
Scope and Methodology
This report covers foods and beverages that contain or are made wholly of ingredients defined as “organic” and that are sold at retail through such outlets as natural food stores, natural food supermarkets, and conventional supermarkets, as well as farmers’ markets and mail order. The report focuses on products that are labeled as organic. Organic products are not limited to traditional health or natural foods. Almost any category of food product available to consumers may be grown or produced in accordance with organic standards and labeled by organic certifiers. Snacks, poultry and meat, beer, wine, and coffee can all be found in organic versions alongside more traditional categories like produce and packaged foods.
The information contained in this report was obtained from both primary and secondary research. Primary research entailed an in-depth, on-site examination of the or-ganic food market through store visits and interviews with marketers to obtain information on marketing, merchandising, and new product trends. Secondary research entailed data gathered from sources such as trade and consumer publications, newspapers, government reports, financial reports, company literature, and corporate annual reports. Revenues and revenue growth rates are based on secondary research confirmed through primary interviews with professional organizations, trade publications, and major players in the market.
In estimating total retail sales and sales growth for organic foods, Packaged Facts has relied on data published by trade magazines such as Nutrition Business Journal, Natural Foods Merchandiser, Whole Foods, and Organic & Natural News, supplemented by interviews with the Organic Trade Association, marketers, retailers, and other trade sources.
The consumer demographic information in this report is derived from data compiled from various sources including the Food Marketing Institute, The Natural Marketing Institute, and The Hartman Group. Other data sources for consumer demographics include the 2000 survey by Whole Foods magazine of readers of Better Nu-trition, a health-oriented consumer publication with more than 470,000 copies distributed to more than 1,400 health and natural product stores in all 50 states.
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