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Organic Valley reports 8.5% increase in sales in 2013

LA CROSSE, WI (WTAQ) - More people are buying organic foods.

Organic Valley of La Farge reports an 8.5 percent sales increase from last year. The world's largest farmer-owned organic co-op had sales of $930 million in 2013 for organic milk, butter, produce, and other items.

The figures were released at the co-op's annual meeting in La Crosse.  

Eric Newman, the group's vice president of sales, said overall milk sales are declining as more people drink almond milk and other choices.

Still, he says Organic Valley is the Number One seller of organic milk in China -- and the co-op sells 50 percent of the organic milk in the U.S.

Newman also says Organic Valley has growth in other products like cheese, butter, and vegetables.

(Story courtesy of Wheeler News Service)