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.
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.
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Other Crops & Land
Lettuces (Incl. Salad Mix)
Field & Seed Crops
Pasture & Field
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.
Chocolate & Confections
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