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While the overall economy has been losing ground, sales of organic products reflect very strong growth during 2008.
"Organic products represent value to consumers, who have shown continued resilience in seeking out these products," says Christine Bushway, OTA's executive director.
The survey, conducted by Lieberman Research Group on behalf of OTA, measured the growth of U.S. sales of organic foods and beverages as well as non-food categories such as organic fibers, personal care products and pet foods during 2008.
Results show organic food sales grew in 2008 by 15.8 percent to reach $22.9 billion, while organic non-food sales grew by an astounding 39.4 percent to reach $1.648 billion. As a result, organic food sales now account for approximately 3.5 percent of all food product sales in the United States.