The North American Organic Coffee Industry Report 2008

13 Pages Posted: 27 Jun 2010

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Daniele Giovannucci

Committee on Sustainability Assessment (COSA)

Date Written: June 15, 2008


The more than US$ 1 billion market value of organic coffee makes this the single most important organic product imported into North America. The report includes information from the only annual survey of the industry (2007) and reveals total volumes and estimated value as well as which nations are supplying the global market, the price of organic coffee at origin, and the changes in price premiums paid to producers. In the U.S. and Canada, where organic sales are estimated to have reached close to US$21 billion in 2007, organic coffee imports showed a considerable change in both volume and value.

In addition to the numbers, the report succinctly covers expected trends, industry projections for organics, and outlines the 3 factors that appear to be driving consumer interest. For 2008 the Report offers some basic indications for other certified coffees and also points out why organic coffee is unique among the certifications in today’s market.

Keywords: Organic, Standards, Sustainability, Coffee, Markets, North America

JEL Classification: Q13, O00, M00

Suggested Citation

Giovannucci, Daniele, The North American Organic Coffee Industry Report 2008 (June 15, 2008). Available at SSRN: or

Daniele Giovannucci (Contact Author)

Committee on Sustainability Assessment (COSA) ( email )

United States


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