The first week of 2022 was marked by vibrant sales for healthy eating. Organic produce comprised a notable 19% of ads this week as retailers strove to meet the demands of shoppers ready to make good on their New Year's promises of healthier eating.
Grapefruit, satsumas, pummelos, Navel oranges, clementines, and tangerines were the stars of many flyers as winter citrus season begins to peak. Off-shore cherries were advertised heavily this week, along with a few nectarines, peaches, and apricots. Packaged salads, cucumbers, carrots, and grape tomatoes were popular for salads, while broccoli crowns, carrots, onions, and potatoes were at the ready for hearty winter meals.
Total ad numbers this week were 281,673, a 9% increase from last week's 259,216. The total number of ads broken out by commodity groups: fruit 140,069 (50% of all ads), onions and potatoes 24,956 (9%), vegetables 114,848 (41%), herbs 482, ornamentals 851, and hemp 467. The number of ads for organic produce was 53,207, 19% of total ads.