Notes from Organic Tree Fruit section:
Dr. David Granaststein, WSU: Organic is a fast growing category for apple and pear growers and for retailers. Retail sales grew 11.2 percent in 2014.
Organic apple acreage grew by 165 percent since 2008, while all apples grew just 13 percent. Washington State is the dominant player in organic apples, representing 90 percent of organic apple acreage.
Frank Padilla, VP produce and meat at Costco Wholesale: We’re seeing continued strong growth in consumer demand for organic, which includes fresh produce and other products meeting certain standards.
Costco estimates 2015 will bring $3.6 billion in organic sales for all categories. Fifty one percent of families buying more organic last year.
Produce sales at Costco breakdown as follows: 75 percent conventional, 14 percent organic and 11 percent hot house.