Posted on September 26, 2018 by Sustainable Food News

U.S. sustainable food trade group’s members post 3% organic sales gain

22% of Sustainable Food Trade Association's members generate all sales from certified-organic products

The Sustainable Food Trade Association (SFTA) on Wednesday released its 2018 Sustainability Progress Report, which reveals the group’s members reported an average increase of 3 percent in organic sales.

The New Castle, Va.-based trade group produces an annual Member Sustainability Progress Report that contains aggregated data from members’ reports. The latest report contains aggregated data from reports submitted by 32 SFTA members about their accomplishments in 2016-2017.

The report shows that 76 percent of reporting members’ product sales were certified-organic, up 1 percent from last year’s report.

The report also shows that 87 percent of the 32 members reported sourcing fair-trade certified products, which seek to boost prices for smallholder farmers.

SFTA members seek to work toward improvement in 11 action areas including organics, climate change, energy, distribution, labor, packaging, water, waste, animal care, education, and governance/employee relations.

“Measuring, analyzing, and reporting on these 11 action areas represent dedication to sustainable business practices and the value the SFTA member companies place on achieving results,” said Katherine DiMatteo, SFTA executive director.

The 2018 report also shows that 61 percent of reporting members generate at least 90 percent of their sales from certified-organic products, and 22 percent generate all their sales from certified-organic products.


From the 2018 Sustainability Progress Report infographic

Highlights of the 2018 progress report include:

  • 5th year in a row that reporting companies have increased the percentage of waste diverted from landfills with 84 percent of waste reported being diverted from landfills – 44 percent via recycling and 21 percent by composting
  • 82 percent of the total electricity used by members is from renewable sources, and 58 percent of them generate at least some portion of their renewable energy on-site via the use of solar arrays or other means
  • 58 percent of reporting members offer an alternative transportation program, which financially or otherwise rewards staff for using methods of commuting to work that reduce fossil-fuel emissions (i.e. car-pooling, biking, walking, electric cars, etc.) as an employee benefit

The 2018 report contains an aggregate of data provided by SFTA members including: Amy’s Kitchen; Andean Naturals; Annie’s Homegrown, Inc.; Ashland Food Co-op; Bay Baby Produce; Bridge’s Organic Produce; Ciranda; Clif Bar; Coconut Bliss; Community Food Co-op; DanoneWave; Davis Food Coop; Drink Eat Well – Hilary’s; GloryBee Foods; GoMacro, LLC; Guayaki; Hummingbird Wholesale; Mountain Rose Herbs; Nature’s Path Foods; North Coast Co-op; Nutiva; Organic Valley; Organically Grown Company; Outpost Natural Foods; Port Townsend Co-op; Sambazon; Scratch and Peck Feeds; Straus Family Creamery; Traditional Medicinals; UNFI; Viva Tierra; Wholesum Harvest.

Read SFTA members’ annual sustainability reports here.

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