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Costco May Become Nation’s Biggest Organic Retailer
Posted on February 03, 2015 by Bryan Wassel

Costco has had some success with its organic options in recent years, and is in a position to overtake WHOLE FOODS MARKETS and TRADER JOE’S as the number one organic retailer in the country. With about $3 billion in U.S. organic retail sales in fiscal 2014, the company accounts for an estimated 9.3% of the total organic food market, according to BMO CAPITAL MARKETS (Jan.15).
While the chain doesn’t actively advertise its organic selection, it does clearly mark items with green labels in stores. Drawing more attention to organic availability could help Costco attract more Millennials, which may be the company’s long-term strategy. Millennials recently surpassed Baby Boomers as the largest segment of the U.S. population. Currently, the average Costco customer is 40 years old.
Food sales as a whole accounted for 22% of Costco’s total sales in 2014, worth about $24.2 billion. Meat accounted for $5.9 billion in sales, about 5% of sales, and produce accounted for $5.5 billion, also at 5%. Bakery was worth $1.4 billion, 1% of total sales, and seafood sales were $1.3 billion, also 1%. Other fresh food sales only accounted for $228 million in sales.


About the Author

Bryan Wassel
Editorial Director
The Food Institute

With a background in both daily and weekly publications, Bryan has worked as a journalist since freelancing for his hometown paper in high school. He has since written both in print and online for min, The Times of Trenton and North Jersey Media Group, holding positions from stringer to editor. With a background as a news reporter, he has learned to seek out the focus behind the story, digging for the most important information. He has been with The Food Institute since 2013, where he edits Today in Food and The Food Institute Report, as well as puts together newsletters for several clients.


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