By vast

Published: June 2, 2020

Category: Organic News, The Organic & Non-GMO Report Newsletter

Organic Trade Association takes pulse of shoppers in online survey

As the initial pantry-loading phase of the COVID-19 pandemic subsides, households of all sizes have begun to settle into longer-term routines and shopping patterns. For those shoppers who prioritize organic, their commitment to the label remains strong, even as so much has changed within their daily lives. 

To help organic businesses understand how demand for their products may evolve in the near term, the Organic Trade Association conducted an online consumer poll of 3,188 “likely organic” shoppers from Tuesday, April 28, to Wednesday, May 6, 2020.
Five key findings emerged:

1. Organic is now more important than ever.

More than 90% of respondents indicated that, in their current food shopping, organic is more important than ever. The commitment to organic has always been at the intersection of health and safety, and that connection resounds even more these days. 

2. Organic shoppers are prioritizing produce, dairy and meats in their purchases.

With less time spent in the grocery store, and less selection on the shelves, an overwhelming majority of shoppers said they prioritize organic when purchasing produce (93%). Still, animal-based foods were top of mind for many, with 46% of those responding indicating choosing organic dairy was important, and 39% expressing a preference for organic meat. 

3. Willing to walk on the wild (organic) side.

Moving out of the initial basics buying phase, within their organic purchases, 82% of shoppers said they are open to experimenting with new products or brands.

4. It’s a complicated time (to shop for groceries).

The poll asked organic shoppers to give one word that described their priority for food shopping at this time. In addition to organic, they also cited health and safety, anxiety, and availability.

5. Current changes will have lasting impact.

When asked how they anticipate their organic shopping habits to evolve over the coming 3-6 months, 56% of shoppers indicated that the changes they have experienced (including home cooking, and simplified ways of eating) will become lasting habits. As shoppers continue to prioritize health and wellness and proactive self-care through the pandemic, continued growth in organic is likely—not just around the perimeter of the store, but within also within grocery, supplements, and pet care.   

Source: Organic Trade Association

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