With very few exceptions, most food products are eligible for organic certification.
Overall producers, processors and retailers have tons of choices when it comes to organic edibles, and in turn, so do consumers. That's great news since organic food sales are growing at an impressive rate.
Whole fresh unadulterated produce, such as apples, corn, spinach, grapes and other produce may be certified organic. Related categories that can be certified organic include whole food products such as 100% juice or 100% frozen vegetables or fruit.
- Successful certified organic produce company: Earthbound Farms.
2. Nuts & Nut Products
Nuts and 100% nut products such as whole walnuts, cashews, peanuts and 100% peanut butter can all be certified organic.
- Successful certified organic nut butter company: MaraNatha.
5. Mixed & Prepared Food Products
There's a dizzying array of mixed and processed organic food items on the market, such as...
- Cookies, cakes, pies and other sweets.
- Bread and other baked goods.
- Frozen prepared meals.
- Sauce, soup and other canned and jarred items.
- Ketchup, salad dressing and other condiments.
- Pasta; both whole and in products such as macaroni and cheese.
- Cereal, including packaged oatmeal and bulk cereal.
- "Junk" food items such as soda and chips.
- Mixed beverages, such as fruit punch.
There are too many to list, but suffice it to say that consumers have thousands of prepared organic food items to choose from.
- Successful certified organic mixed food seller: Eden Foods.
Grains either for straight consumption, like brown and white rice, or grains used for baking, such as flour are becoming more widespread. Nowadays consumers can easily find certified organic barley, semolina flour, whole oats, cornmeal and much more on the grocery shelf. Organic popcorn is another popular organic grain item and is sold both in whole form and in packaged microwave form.
- Successful certified organic grain grower: Nitty Gritty Grain Company of Vermont.
7. Dairy Products
Organic dairy, especially milk, is one of the most popular organic product categories on the market today. Organic dairies process and sell basic milk, including whole, skim, 2% and/or may also carry other dairy items such as yogurt and frozen yogurt, butter, ice cream, buttermilk, cheese and more.
- Successful certified organic dairy: Straus Family Creamery.
Chickens, turkeys, ducks, geese, guineas and shell eggs are all eligible for grading by the AMS Poultry Program's Grading Branch and are eligible for organic certification by the National Organic Program (NOP). To gain organic certification poultry chicks intended for egg production must be raised and cared for under continuous organic management from the second day of life.
- Successful certified organic egg company: Organic Valley.
Many types of livestock can be certified organic for the sake of human consumption. Cattle, sheep, goats, swine and poultry can all be certified organic. Both whole meats and processed meat products may be certified. It's important to note that organic livestock must be fed certified organic feed, grass and other grains in order to meet certification standards.
- Successful certified organic livestock operation: West Wind Farms.
10. Soy Products
Soy products can attain organic certification. Products include such items as tofu, soybeans, soy milk and products made with soy such as soy "meat," cheese, yogurt, mayonnaise and more.
- Successful certified organic soy food company: Vermont Soy.