CCOF Facts & Figures

CCOF represents a large and diverse group of organic growers, ranchers, retailers, and handlers. In 2013, we certified more than 1,200 organic crops and products from 2,600 certified-organic operations across North America. We also surpassed 2,000,000 certified-organic acres last year, an increase of 16 percent over 2012. As the largest organic certifier in the United States, we continue to see progression in our membership and products, proving organic to be a safe, delicious, and legitimate alternative to conventional foods.

Crops

Field & Seed crops topped our acreage chart in 2013, followed by fallow land, mixed and other vegetables, and lettuces. As for fruit, organic wine grapes made the chart with 11,237 certified acres. Carrots and wheat were not far behind, both with more than 10,000 acres under CCOF certification. Up from 893 acres in 2012 to 1,499 acres, fresh beans saw an impressive growth of 68 percent in 2013. Organic dates jumped an astonishing 62 percent in 2013 to 346 acres under production. We saw a rise in many other organic crops over the last year: brassicas, popping corn, potatoes, oats, and berries all soared more than 20 percent.

2013 Top Crops

Crop Category 2013 Acreage

Field & Seed

Pasture & Field

Other Grain & Forage

Rice

Barley

Alfalfa

 

1,314,453

71,632

28,267

19,963

17, 278

Crops & Land

Fallow

 

85,942

Vegetables

Mixed Vegetables

Other Vegetables

Lettuces

 

33,669

16,662

11,722

Fruit

Wine Grapes

 

11,237

Processed Goods

Beer and distilled spirits products both decreased by more than 10% in 2013. Regulatory changes in late 2012 and early 2013 likely affected organic beer and wine producers. Non-organic hops were prohibited from organic production in January 2013, and this change in organic standards may have contributed to the 10 percent decline in number of products and producers. As the availability of organic hops improves, we hope to see a rebound in this category. Standards developments in sourcing organic yeast may have caused a shift in wine producers. CCOF also certified fewer organic distilled spirits in 2013 but gained three new producers. The market for organic alcoholic beverages remains strong even in the face of changing organic regulations, which is good news for sustainable socialites!

2013 saw increases in tasty organic treats. Baked goods grew by 26 percent and chocolate & confections rose 8 percent. We now certify more than 450 baked goods and hundreds of organic chocolate products! Organic coffee and tea stayed strong over the last year, as well as organic meat and dairy. Along with our main product categories, CCOF certifies hundreds of organic extracts, herbs, nuts/seeds, juices, and grain products.

2013 Top Products

Product Category 2012
Total
Products
2013
Total
Products
% Change 2012
Producers
2013
Producers
% Change

Baby Food

Baked Goods

Beer

Chocolate &
Confections

Coffee

Dairy Products

Distilled Spirits

Meat

Personal Care

Tea

Wine

128

364

165

430
 

820

442

30

125

936

542

767

145

457

143

465
 

773

476

25

119

954

634

842

13%

26%

-13%

8%
 

-6%

8%

-17%

-5%

2%

17%

10%

3

30

16

41
 

64

68

8

35

26

31

68

4

36

14

45
 

68

76

11

39

29

38

62

33%

20%

-13%

10%
 

6%

12%

38%

11%

12%

23%

-9%

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