Sales of organic products in the US continued to grow during 2009 despite the distressed state of the economy, new research has found.

The 2010 Organic Industry Survey from the Organic Trade Association (OTA) says sales of organic fibre (linen and clothing) totalled $521m in 2009 – up 10.4% on the previous year.

“These findings are indicative that even in tough times, consumers understand the benefits that organic products offer and will make other cuts before they give up products they value,” said Christine Bushway, OTA’s executive director.

Revenues across the whole organic product market, which includes both food and non-food sales, grew by 5.3% overall in 2009 to reach $26.6bn the research found.