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From non-GMO to Gluten-Free: Sales of natural products with third party certifications surge in 2012

7 commentsBy Elaine WATSON , 24-Jan-2013

SPINS: Sales surge for non-GMO, Gluten-Free, Fair Trade USA

Sales of natural products featuring third party certifications surged in 2012, according to new data from SPINS, with non-GMO project verified products leading the charge (+18%), followed by Fair Trade USA (+17%), Certified Gluten Free (+17%), and Certified B Corporation (+15%).  

SPINS, which measured sales of natural products within natural, specialty gourmet, and conventional retailers in the year to December 22, 2012, said the growth of natural and organic products outpaced overall store growth across all channels in 2012, clocking a 13.3% rise in sales to break through the $36bn barrier.

Organic sales were growing at 12% while natural products were growing at 13%.

To put this into context, Symphony IRI data shows that overall sales of consumer packaged goods in grocery outlets were up just 3.4% last year, while volumes were flat (-0.3%).

SPINS: Coffee, baby food, and nut & seed butters post strongest growth in natural arena

The fastest growing natural food categories in the natural space were coffee, coffee substitutes & cocoa (+40%); followed by baby food (+34%); nut and seed butters (+27%); shelf-stable fruits and veggies (+27%); and shelf-stable meats, poultry and seafood (+26%), said SPINS.

The top four natural categories were vitamins & minerals ($2.34bn); packaged fresh produce ($2.31bn); yogurt & kefir ($2.18bn); and chips, pretzels and snacks ($1.37bn).

Symphony IRI: 2012 was the year of energy drinks, bottled water and weight management

According to Symphony IRI data covering all grocery categories, the strongest performers in 2012 were energy drinks, bottled water, and coffee, unit sales (ie. volumes) of which surged 18.7%, 4.6% and 4.5% respectively.

2012 was also a good year for unit sales of weight management products (up 15.1%); crackers (up 5.1%); snack/granola bars (up 4.3%); and vitamins (up 4.5%).

Meanwhile, unit sales of cold cereal; fresh bread & rolls; chocolate candy; and salty snacks declined 3%, 3.3%, 3.7% and 0.6% respectively in 2012.

Convenience was also the only channel to demonstrate volume growth, seeing a 2.6% rise in unit sales in the 52 weeks to Sept 9, 2012 compared with a 2.5% decline in the drug channel and a 2.7% decline in the food channel.

Click here to see PINS' infographic on natural products in 2012.

To download the SymphonyIRI report on Center Store: Driving Growth from the Inside Out, click here .  

7 comments (Comments are now closed)

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Posted by Jecob Martin
04 February 2013 | 06h33

so not much good news here

so consumption increased for non-gmo/organic foods. the only good news here. "natural" can be so not natural and full of gmos. convenience foods--plastic wrapped veggies and bottled water--add to pollution of our planet. diet foods? vitamin pills? get real. seriously, get real food-- organic fruits and veggies--to be healthy. exercise. you don't need a program or a pill. if it comes in a box out a can, you don't need it.

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Posted by amy b
28 January 2013 | 19h25

GMO,s need to go away

I don't buy gmo products and in countries where they are labeled neither do 90% of the consumers . We need to move toward that in the usa to improve the health and well being of nature, which we are part of .

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Posted by Gene Hunter
28 January 2013 | 19h00

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