U.S. retail sales of organic coffee rose 24% in 2006, according to new data released by the Organic Trade Association.
"The dramatic increase in organic coffee sales mirrors the continuing growth in the overall organic sector and reflects consumers' increasing awareness of these products, their high quality, and the availability of these beverages in venues ranging from small coffee shops to 'Big Box' stores," said Caren Wilcox, OTA's Executive Director.
Organic coffee is grown using methods and materials that have a low impact on the environment. Organic production systems replenish and maintain soil fertility, avoid the use of toxic and persistent pesticides and fertilizers, and build biologically diverse agriculture. Third-party certification organizations verify that organic farmers use only methods and materials allowed in organic production. Organic coffee is grown in more than 30 countries, including the United States.
The OTA, which is a trade group that promotes producers and suppliers of organic goods, has a project, the Organic Coffee Collaboration, that promotes organic coffee across various parts of the industry, including brokers, roasters and decaffeinators. The Collaboration includes:
For information about where to purchase organic coffee, and other information from the OTA, click here.
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