The United Fresh Produce Association report, produced in partnership with the Nielsen Perishables Group and sponsored by Del Monte Fresh Produce, showed annual trends for top fruits, vegetables, value-added produce and organic commodities.
Organic produce enjoyed a strong year in 2013, the report said, with sales gains of near 20% for both organic fruits and vegetables compared with 2012.
Fruits enjoying strong sales gains in 2013 included avocados (11.7%), specialty produce (11.5%), citrus (8.9%) and apples (6.5%). Vegetables showing best sales gains in 2013 were cucumbers (7.8%), cooking vegetables (7%), packaged salad (6.7%) and onions (6.5%).
Volume gains for fruits in 2013 were topped by avocados (10.3%), stone fruit (5.1%), citrus (3,3%) and apples (2.4%).
For vegetables, top gains in volume were noted for peppers (3.9%), packaged salad (3.8%), and carrots (1.7%).
2013 highlights of the report include:
- produce department sales averaged $47,000 per week per store, up 4.8% from 2012;
- volume sales declined for four of the top 10 vegetable categories;
- value-added vegetables posted an increase of 15% in weekly dollar sales;
- fresh-cut fruit sales increased 13.2%;
- organic fruit volume up 17.8% compared with 2012; and
- organic vegetable volume 14.2% higher than 2012.
The FreshFacts on Retail report can be downloaded without charge for United Fresh members and $50 for non-members at the United Fresh website . For more information about the report, contact Shannon Young, United Fresh education manager, at 202-303-3400 ext. 405 or firstname.lastname@example.org.