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Competition Could Lower Cost Of Organic Produce

As the popularity of organic eating continues to rise, the cost of organic food is falling.

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Sprouts and other markets are looking to compete in the organic realm with cheaper produce.

As the popularity of buying organic has gone up (organic sales have increased 13 percent in the U.S. over the past year alone), big food vendors are vying for a share of the increased demand.

Take two publicly-traded organic markets, Whole Foods (WFM) and Sprouts Farmers Market (SFM). Sprouts is a southwestern chain that is steadily encroaching on Whole Foods’ turf, expanding across the southeast. Sprouts is new to the publicly-traded market, and made an impressive showing its first day earlier this month.

Whole Foods, meanwhile, is attempting to undermine Sprouts’ cheaper produce by offering special sales announced on social media. Kroger has also announced it will cut prices on organics to entice consumers.

While all this competition may have company execs sweating, it’s good news for the customers, who are seeing prices fall.

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Liz Leslie

Liz Leslie is a journalist based in Chicago. When she's not writing about food, she's likely eating food. Or dreaming about food.

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  • http://www.feedmyplanet.com/ Feed My Planet

    I’ve noticed a ton of sales lately at Sprouts and Whole Foods, but starting your own organic garden at home is the best way to put a really huge dent in the produce portion of your grocery budget. I have a pretty small area for growing my container garden, but get tomatoes, onions, potatoes, peppers, garlic, and even have some new squash and cucumber sprouting away as we speak

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