Natural Foods Merchandiser
Market Overview: Universe of natural products retail [chart]

Market Overview: Universe of natural products retail [chart]

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%
Total independents      10,293    28,574 54.8%
         
Whole Foods               415        15,065 28.9%
GNC            4,456          1,715 3.3%
Vitamin World (NBTY)               378             204 0.4%
Vitamin Shoppe               755          1,076 2.1%
Natural Grocers by Vitamin Cottage             107             647 1.2%
Sprouts               217          2,661 5.1%
The Fresh Market               184             929 1.8%
Other*          16,156          1,280 2.5%
Total Independents & specialty    32,962    52,150 100.0%

See our methodology here.

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