A survey commissioned by the Greenfield, Ma.-based Organic Trade Association reveals sales of organic foods jumped almost 16% in 2008 compared to 2007 sales.

Organic food sales soar despite down economy

The 2009 Organic Industry Survey, conducted by Lieberman Research Group, Great Neck, N.Y., gauged the sales of organic foods and beverages and organic non-food items. The survey found sales of organic foods and beverages totaled $22.9 billion in 2008 and represented 3.5% of the domestic sales of all food products.

“Organic products represent value to consumers, who have shown continued resilience in seeking out these products,” Christine Bushway, the association’s executive director, said in a news release.

Sales of organic non-food items, which include textiles, personal care products and pet foods, were equally impressive, the survey found. Sales in the non-food categories soared 39.4% to $1.6 billion, the research firm concluded.