Published: August 8, 2020

Category: COVID-19 Pandemic Impacts, The Organic & Non-GMO Report Newsletter

Consumers buying more or as many organic products as they did prior to pandemic

Products carrying a sustainability claim, including organic, have continued growing during the COVID-19 pandemic, gaining a 17% market share during the first six months of 2020, according to research by IRI® and NYU Center for Sustainable Business.

More than half of consumers said they are buying more or as much organic products as they did prior to COVID-19, and 7 in 10 said they are buying more or as many eco-friendly products.

Other results from the Sustainable Market Share Index include:

  • COVID-19 findings
    • During a period of record CPG (consumer packaged goods) growth, sustainability-marketed products continued to grow with 16.8% dollar market share year-to-date, up 0.6 ppts (percentage points) vs. 2019. 
    • During the week ending March 15, 2020, when CPG sales peaked due to COVID-19, sustainability-marketed products experienced a +1.9 ppts share increase (vs. the prior week), and dollar sales increased 56%during that same period. The categories that experienced the greatest share growth in sustainability-marketed purchases that week were paper products, weight control products, coffee and soap.
  • Market growth findings
    • From 2015 to 2019, sustainability-marketed products contributed 54.7% of overall CPG market growth while representing 16.1% dollar share of the category in 2019

“Consumers recognize that they can influence brands to ‘do the right thing,’ and in these days of COVID-19, #BlackLivesMatter and climate change, doing the right thing has never been more important. Purchasing of sustainable products is a trend with staying power,” says Professor Tensie Whelan, founding director of the NYU Stern Center for Sustainable Business. 

Source: IRI

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