The 2016 edition of Natural Foods Merchandiser’s Market Overview represents the 36th year the magazine has presented statistics on store operations and the state of the natural products industry. From $1.9 billion in 1980 to $52 billion in 2015, sales in the natural products retail channels have come a long way.
The charts below outlines the natural channel universe. Reported sales might not match public company reported earnings due to non-nutrition sales including conventional products. Find all 2016 Market Overview charts here.
Universe of stores
|Independents & small chains||Store size||No. of stores||Nutrition sales (M)**||% of sales|
|Natural products store||<=3,000 sq. ft.||1,320||1,650||3.2%|
|Natural products store||3,001-6,000 sq. ft.||1,163||4,009||7.7%|
|Natural food supermarket||>6,000 sq. ft.||2,218||14,594||28.0%|
|Health food store||<=2,000 sq. ft.||1,754||1,312||2.5%|
|Health food store||>2,000 sq. ft.||2,009||4,788||9.2%|
|Supplement store||<=1,200 sq. ft.||835||756||1.4%|
|Supplement store||>1,200 sq. ft.||994||1,465||2.8%|
|Vitamin World (NBTY)||378||204||0.4%|
|Natural Grocers by Vitamin Cottage||107||647||1.2%|
|The Fresh Market||184||929||1.8%|
|Total Independents & specialty||32,962||52,150||100.0%|