CHICAGO — Organic food sales totaled nearly $17 billion in 2006, representing 3% of total retail sales of food and beverages in the United States, the Organic Trade Association announced here at the All Things Organic show, citing preliminary findings from their 2007 Manufacturer Survey. Conventional supermarkets accounted for approximately 31% of total organic food sales, while leading natural food supermarkets — such as Whole Foods, Wild Oats and Trader Joe’s — accounted for 24%. ...

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