CCOF Facts & Figures

Overall, 2014 was a fantastic year for organic growth at CCOF. Even though the Western drought has dominated agricultural news, the amount of CCOF-certified organic acreage, products, and new applications has grown. As a matter of fact, in 2014 we saw more new applications to become certified than we’ve seen since implementation of the NOP. We are happy for this organic growth and to share these promising statistics with you.

Organic Crops

Since 2010, CCOF has added over 1.5 million acres of certified organic land. That means we have added 2,343 square miles of organic land to the agricultural movement—the equivalent of adding two Rhode Island-sized plots to an already expansive amount of organic land!

From 2013 to 2014 alone, CCOF added 139,450 acres, a 6.4% increase. Some of our largest increasing crops this year included almonds, fresh beans, lettuces, fresh tomatoes, wheat, popcorn, and brassicas. Berry production has almost doubled since 2011, and, since 2013, berry production increased by 21.6%. Pasture and field acreage increased about 40% to 1,830,265 and provided some of the larger acreage additions. This is echoed by the 25% increase in CCOF-certified meat production from 2013-2014. While we are obviously excited about these increases, we are equally pleased about the 18% increase in certified organic citrus acreage in the face of the Asian citrus psyllid that has been decimating citrus crops in the United States. 

Organic Crop Categories

Crop Category 2014 Acreage

Other Crops & Land

Fallow

Vegetables

Mixed Vegetables

Other Vegetables

Lettuces (Incl. Salad Mix)

Brassicas

Carrots

Fruit

Wine (Grapes)

Field & Seed Crops

Pasture & Field

Other

Rice

Barley

Wheat

Alfalfa

 

93,096

 

33,146

26,263

25,420

16,419

11,601

 

10,766

 

1,830,265

75,279

28,563

18,430

18,350

16,942

 

Organic Products

The biggest category change in processed products in 2014 is related to our expansive growth in personal care products. From 2013 we have seen 74% growth in this total product category and 14% growth in personal care product producers. The compound annual growth rate of the global beauty product market from 2013 to 2018 is projected to be 4.5%—an $82 billion growth over the five-year span. With a larger market demand for organic personal care, it makes sense that there would be extensive product line growth to meet this demand. 

This upward trend isn’t isolated to just personal care products—it is reflected in the overall totals for all certified organic products. Total products have increased 15% and total producers have increased 8%. This year we implemented new sales method categories to monitor and they are gaining traction. Among the new sales methods are 78 Co-Packing operations and nine Tasting Room operations. To search our certified organic operations by crop, product, sales method, or location, visit our online directory. We are happy that producers continue to choose CCOF as their certifier, and we strive to assist in their marketing needs and help grow their business.  

Organic Product Categories

Product Category 2013
Total
Products
2014
Total
Products
% Change 2013
Producers
2014
Producers
% Change

Baby Food

Baked Goods

Beer

Chocolate & Confections

Coffee

Dairy Products

Distilled Spirits

Meat

Personal Care

Tea

Wine

145

457

143

465
 

773

476

25

119

954

634

842

186

447

159

451
 

635

513

25

149

1656

714

844

28%

-2%

11%

-3%
 

-18%

8%

0%

25%

74%

13%

0%

4

36

14

45
 

68

76

11

39

29

38

62

6

40

15

45
 

76

82

10

43

33

47

57

50%

11%

7%

0%
 

12%

8%

-9%

10%

14%

24%

-8%

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