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29/11/2017

BioFach global analysis: organic industry continues upward trend

The global organic market is nearing USD 90bn in turnover and is developing in the right direction with excellent future prospects. The growth rates are particularly high in North America and northern Europe.The analysis of sales in the USA and European countries shows a double digit growth in 2016. A bright future awaits the organic industry, explains NurembergMesse the organiser of the BioFach, the World’s Leading Trade Fair for Organic Food.

Growth trend

The growth rates are particularly high in North America and northern Europe. In the USA, organic products account for 5 % of the food market, with the sector’s turnover for 2016 amounting to USD 43bn according to the Organic Trade Association (OTA). Europe has seen good results as well. According to the German Federation of the Organic Food Industry (BÖLW), Germany’s organic market grew by almost 10 per cent in 2016, in the same period there even was an increase of over 20 per cent for the French market according to the Agence Bio. The United Kingdom’s market also returned to growth, expanding 7 per cent. Spain, Ireland and Sweden had already recorded increases of more than 20 per cent back in 2015. Sweden and France once again experienced greater growth than any other European country in 2016. So an extremely bright future awaits the organic industry, which will next come together in all its diversity at Biofach, the World’s Leading Trade Fair for Organic Food, when the exhibition takes place in Nuremberg from 14 to 17 February 2018.

Amarjit Sahota from the London-based business consultancy Ecovia Intelligence (formerly Organic Monitor) said: “Provisional calculations indicate that the turnover generated by the global market for organic food and drink in 2016 was close to USD 90bn. There were high growth rates in all the world’s major regions, but in North America and northern Europe in particular.” However concerns regarding the supply security of organic raw materials are increasing.

Helga Willer from the Research Institute of Organic Agriculture in Switzerland (FiBL) said: “We are very pleased to be able to already report that the amount of organic farmland across the world continued to grow in 2016. It increased in most European countries, though not in all of them.” She and Julia Lernoud have been putting together an overview of organic farmland development on all continents on behalf of FiBL and IFOAM – Organics International, the international umbrella organisation for the organic agriculture movement and Biofach’s international patron, for many years. Europe’s leading countries in terms of organic farmland growth in 2016 were Bulgaria, Croatia and Cyprus, which had jumps of 35, 23 and 18 per cent respectively. But there were also pleasing increases in the larger countries like France (+ approx. 210,000 ha), Germany (+75,650 ha) and Spain (+50,232 ha). In Greece, Poland and Romania, however, there were decreases totalling roughly 130,000 ha. Changes in Australia are especially significant, because it is home to extremely large grazing farms. A number of new organic farms were added there last year. “Our calculations indicate that the amount of organic farmland across the planet rose by about 5m ha in 2016, which is an excellent result,” said a delighted Helga Willer, Julia Lernoud and Urs Niggli (the FiBL’s director).

Germany: continuous growth

Germany’s organic market has traditionally been strong and recorded a growth rate of 9.9 per cent in 2016. A total of EUR 9.48bn in turnover was generated across the country’s sales channels, and a figure of over EUR 10bn is forecast for 2017. With their range of organic products and turnover increase of 14.6 per cent, the turnover achieved by conventional supermarket chains (retailers) was considerably higher than average last year at EUR 5.45bn. This was because they not only charged reasonable prices for own-brand items, but also offered a wider range of products than in previous years. The turnover generated by natural food specialist stores climbed 5 per cent to EUR 2.85bn. While half the money spent on organic products in Germany was spent at conventional food retailers, just under a third of it was received by specialist stores.Other sales channels such as farm shops, weekly markets, health food shops, petrol stations, mail-order selling and food enterprises like bakeries and butchers saw smaller increases, which equated to 2.2 per cent altogether.


Austria: organic turnover share nears 10 per cent mark

Alongside Denmark and Switzerland, Austria has always been one of Europe’s leaders in organic production and consumption. For over two decades now, special efforts have been made to support organic agriculture in the mountain regions in particular. Regional processing and marketing are therefore very common, and it’s no wonder that the organic share of the total food turnover in Austria is constantly increasing. While it was still at 6.7 per cent in 2013, it had climbed to 8.6 per cent by the end of June 2017 according to a RollAMA analysis conducted by AMA Marketing.

Organic egg sales in Austria are on top.

Organic eggs (account for 20 per cent of the egg market), milk (18 per cent), potatoes (16 per cent) and vegetables (14 per cent) are particularly popular, but the demand for organic products is not as high when it comes to meat. The organic share in the meat market did grow from 3.6 per cent in 2014 to 4.6 per cent in 2016, but is still below average. In the case of sausage and ham, the organic share is just 2.6 per cent. The number of organic farms in Austria has been plateauing at a relatively high number for years. By the middle of the 1990s, it had already reached approximately 20,000, but in 2015, it was still 20,779, meaning it had remained largely unchanged for two decades. The total turnover generated by organic products in Austria in 2016 was EUR 1.6bn. 75 per cent of this amount was accounted for by conventional food retailers, 19 per cent of it was spent at specialist stores and the remaining 6 per cent was received by catering businesses.

Italy: strong growth in 2016

Italy experienced pleasing two-digit growth rates both in its amount of organic farmland and its number of organic farms in 2016. At the end of the year, 300,000 ha were also in the process of being converted into organic farmland, taking the country’s total amount of organic land to 1.8m ha. Land used for vegetables, grain, and olives and wine grapes saw particularly big increases of 49, 32 and 23 per cent respectively, with the ons of Sicily, Apulia and Calabria experiencing the most land growth. According to an analysis carried out by the Sinab Institute, 14.5 per cent of Italy’s farmland is now organic.

Wine is one of the important organic crops in Italy

Of the 72,154 enterprises that sell or produce organic products, almost 56,000 are organic farms. The total turnover achieved by organic products also saw a very positive change in 2016, rising by 14 per cent. The increase in organic turnover for conventional food retailers was slightly above average at 16 per cent, while it was 3.5 per cent for natural food specialist stores, and 13 per cent for delivery services, weekly markets and farm shops. The market research institute Nielsen and the organic producers’ association AssoBio both say that, including the income received by hotels, restaurants and other catering businesses, the total turnover generated by organic foods in Italy in 2016 was therefore EUR 3bn.

France: big increase in turnover

According to a report published by the semi-governmental Agence Bio headquartered in Paris, French natural food specialist stores, conventional food retailers and farm shops received an impressive EUR 1.2bn more in turnover from organic products in 2016 than in the previous year. As a result, the industry grew by 21.7 per cent and generated EUR 6.7bn in turnover altogether. Hotels, restaurants and other catering businesses also achieved EUR 411m in organic product turnover. The product categories with the biggest growth were fruit and vegetables, which leapt 33 per cent, and dry foods, which jumped 24 per cent. Organic meat increased significantly too, because more and more organic specialist stores are creating sausage and meat sections and counters, and are therefore offering consumers fresh meat as well.

Sweden: organic market share among the world’s highest

The strong organic trend in Sweden has already been going on for four years. The country has recorded huge growth rates of between 30 and 40 per cent every year since 2014, and between 2014 and 2016 alone, its organic market doubled in size to reach EUR 2.6bn. At the moment, the market’s growth has slowed down a bit again. On the one hand, this is down to a degree of market saturation, but it is also due to challenges in the supply of organic raw materials. Cecilia Ryegård has estimated that the market grew by between 7 and 8 per cent in the first half of 2017. Ms Ryegård is responsible for the specialist Internet portal Ekoweb and publishes figures and information on the Swedish organic industry at regular intervals. One thing that is remarkable is the incredible speed at which the organic product share in Sweden has increased in recent years. It is currently 9.3 per cent, which Ms Ryegård says is among the highest in the world.

Source and pictures: http://organic-market.info

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Denmark: catering and off-trade sales at least 30% organic

At a dialogue event in Hamburg, about 60 participants learned that in Denmark, the off-trade catering market has become the most important grow engine for organic food.

13/11/2017

USA: prohibition of aquaponics in organic food production rejected by NOSB

At a meeting on the 1st November 2017, the National Organic Standards Board (NOSB) rejected the proposal to ban hydroponic and aquaponic production methods under the United States Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) National Organic Program

07/11/2017

Scandinavia is gaining strength in natural personal care

"The Nordic region continues to ‘set the trends’ in health and wellness for the rest of the world“, say the organisers ot the event.

30/10/2017

ISO 16128 guidelines for cosmetics

The ISO guidelines for natural and organic cosmetics donot take consumers interests at heart, states the association NATRUE

27/10/2017

Monsanto in trouble

The US seed-& pesticide corporation Monsanto is in trouble. There are many reasons. Among others, the authorization of Monsanto’s flagship the weedkiller Roundup and its ingredient glyphosate is expiring in the EU by the end of this year

26/10/2017

Growing number of EU governments oppose re-approval of glyphosate

The political and public opposition to glyphosate is growing in Europe

17/10/2017

Study Failed promises - the rise and fall of GM cotton in India

Failed Promises: the rise and fall of GM cotton in India", is a well-documented report about the collapse of GM cotton in the world.

09/10/2017

IFOAM launches its new strategic plan

After two years of discussion internally and with stakeholders, IFOAM - Organics International launches its new strategic plan

04/10/2017

Germany: 9.3 million vegetarians and vegans

8 million people in Germany, more than 10 percent of the population, eat a vegetarian diet.

03/10/2017

USA: Organic Agriculture Research Act gained support

The Organic Farming Research Foundation (OFRF), a non-profit foundation, reports a big success. The Organic Agriculture Research Act (H.R. 2436) gained crucial bipartisan support in the U.S. Congress recently.

08/01/2016

Organic groceries discount at Walmart Canada

Walmart Canada has quietly launched a new lineup of organic products under its Great Value store brand

26/06/2014

Tips on how to use Connature

Connature is a Contact and Trade online and global platform for the organic market.

23/05/2018

Consent about the New Regulation - The General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) (EU) 2016/679

The General Data Protection Regulations (GDPR)  (EU) 2016/679 that is an updated version of the 1998 Data Protection Act​...

23/05/2018

EU: new organic farming rules adopted

In a press release the Council of the European Union informed that on 22 May the Council adopted new EU rules on organic production and the labelling of organic products

22/05/2018

Within 24th may 2018 - Request of your Consent to treat your data and continuing displaying your company profile on connature.com

Consent Request to treat your data and maintain visible your company profile on www.connature.com - mandatory within 24th of may, 2018

17/05/2018

New Privacy Policy GDPR - Communication to companies registered at www.connature.com

Communication directed to all the companies registered at www.connature.com - This month we are updating our Privacy Policy as required by the New Privacy Policy Regulation of European Union (GDPR)​...

16/05/2018

India: Food regulator plans a GMO label

The Food Safety and Standards Authority of India (FSSAI) has made a proposal to label all packaged food products containing genetically modified (GM) ingredients​

11/05/2018

USDA released proposal for regulations for GMO Labeling

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) released the long-awaited proposed regulations for the mandatory disclosure of foods produced using genetic engineering (GE or GMO), which it calls “Bioengineered foods”

07/05/2018

Naturland demands fair wages for cocoa farmers

Cocoa is the main source of income for over five million smallholders, mostly from West Africa. At the fourth World Cocoa Conference from 22nd to 25th April, 1,500 players from the cocoa industry met to exchange views and also to discuss the working conditions for cocoa farmers

02/05/2018

German organic market: Whole food shops back on course for growth

The first three months of 2018 are the second consecutive quarter of positive sales developments on the German organic market...

30/04/2018

Oeko-Tex introduces GMO testing for organic cotton

In future, organic cotton textiles that companies also want to have certified according to the international Oeko-Tex 100 textile standard will require proof that the cotton is free from genetically modified organisms (GMOs)

26/04/2018

IFOAM and FiBL study: Socio-economic impacts of GMOs on European agriculture

IFOAM EU Group recently released a new study on the impacts of GMOs on European agriculture, in partnership with FiBL

23/04/2018

European Parliament’s plenary adopts the new EU organic regulation

After very long discussions to improve the EU Organic Regulation in a way that matches with the needs of the organic sector the regulation finally was approved​

16/04/2018

Austria: Strong increase of organic farming in Tyrol

Organic farming is growing steadily in the Tyrol region, Austria. Around 190 organic farms in areas ranging from milk production to vegetable cultivation have been added in the last two years

11/04/2018

Study shows organic helps curb nitrogen pollution

In anticipation of its activities at Natural Products Expo West, The Organic Center released new research findings from the University of Virginia in collaboration with The Organic Center showing that organic farming can help reduce nitrogen pollution on a global scale

10/04/2018

Resi.bio: New database for residue findings

The control bodies Gesellschaft für Ressourcenschutz (Engl. Society for Resource Protection) and Kontrollverein (Engl. Control Association) have developed an internet-based database for the evaluation of residue findings

06/04/2018

China submits new maximum residue limits for pesticides in food to the WTO

China has recently submitted an extensive list of pesticides with corresponding maximum residue limits (MRLs) to the the World Trade Organization (WTO)

23/03/2018

EU: No decision on neonicotinoids

Although it is high time to impose an immediate ban on the three insecticides clothianidine, imidacloprid and thiamethoxam, the Member States are pushing for a decision

14/03/2018

EU: constitution of the EP Special Committee “PEST”

The newly formed "PEST" special committee of the European Parliament is to examine the scandalous glyphosate risk assessment and the European pesticide approval system as a whole over the next six months

05/03/2018

Very successful U.S. Pavilion at Biofach: EU Organic Boom Brings Opportunities for U.S. Exporters

The American Organic Trade Association (OTA) together with the Foreign Agricultural Service (FAS), Office of Agricultural Affairs in Berlin and U.S. organic food and product companies participated in the Biofach and reported a leap in business inquiries

02/03/2018

Regarding online trade as an opportunity

What does increasing digitisation mean for the manufacturers of organic food? That was the topic discussed by the Assoziation ökologischer Lebensmittelhersteller (AöL) and its guests from business and research at Biofach

26/02/2018

Mediterranean countries with almost 7 million of organic area

The largest part of the Mediterranean organic area is in the Mediterranean countries of the European Union (EU) totalling 87 percent of the agricultural organic area

21/02/2018

Dutch pioneers Odin and De Nieuwe Band join forces

The Board and the board of directors the organic trade enterprises De Nieuwe Band and Estafette Odin agree to merge the trading and production activities after formal approval of the relevant bodies

19/02/2018

Italy: the organic farming and social network Humus introduced

At Biofach the Humus Network, the farming and social network for Italian organic agriculture, for quality, sustainability, and responsibility has been introduced

16/02/2018

Global organic data show resilient growth

A booming organic sector: more farmers, more land and a growing market. This is the résumé of the 19th edition of „The World of Organic Agriculture“

14/02/2018

Germany: sales in the specialised organic retail grows to 3.29 billion euros

According to the German organic trade association BNN sales in specialized organic food trade achieved sales of 3.29 billion euros in 2017, which corresponds to an increase of around 2.5 percent

12/02/2018

VIVANESS 2018: natural and organic cosmetics digitalized

The future is digital. Digitalization is having an impact in all areas of life and opening up new prospects in the natural and organic cosmetics industry too

06/02/2018

Organic farming boom in Bulgaria and Croatia

According to official statistcs Bulgaria and Croatia have seen the highest rate of expansion in their organic farming sectors in the whole of the EU in recent years

02/02/2018

42nd Innatex: focus on fair shoes

The 42nd Innatex in Hofheim-Wallau was focused on the shoe industry. The program of the green fashion fair was rounded by many lectures concerning the main topic as well as a blogger meeting

30/01/2018

Beyond Organic Skincare has just launched their latest face cream, “Organic Miracle Worker”

Beyond Organic Skincare have just launched their latest face cream, “Organic Miracle Worker.” It has already become a real hit with their staff and testers during pre-launch trials and has been promoted to ‘favourite’ by nearly everyone

29/01/2018

German organic market: sales barometer shows trend reversal

The development of sales in the German organic food specialist trade in the last four months shows a glimmer of hope for a turnaround: the specialist trade achieved for the year 2017 a modest increase of 1.4% in daily turnover

23/01/2018

EU lawyer: Genome Editing can be exempted from GMO directive

According to Advocate General Bobek, organisms obtained by mutagenesis are, in principle, exempted from the obligations in the Genetically Modified Organisms Directive

22/01/2018

Ecovia Intelligence: new growth phase for sustainable foods and cosmetics

A new growth phase for the organic and sustainable products market has been initiated according to Ecovia Intelligence; it predicts the market’s distribution developing towards online retailing and home delivery schemes mainly implemented by mobile apps

16/01/2018

GOTS: Christopher Stopes appointed as Representative to the EU

According to the Global Organic Textile Standard (GOTS) newsletter the organisation has placed an increasing focus on European regulatory and policy issues

08/01/2018

Indian Food Security Authority released unified regulation on organic foods

During the 19th Organic World Congress the Minister for Agriculture & Farmers’ Welfare, Shri Radha Mohan Singh formally launched the Food Safety and Standards

05/01/2018

GOTS: GMO testing method project conceptualised

According to the GOTS newsletter the Global Organic Textile Standad organisation determined through a limited round-robin exercise that test results for GMO presence showed inconsistency and were unreliable in cotton fibre In 2016

30/12/2017

Apparel: sustainability by circularity

Whilst there are many publications on circular business models and commitments to circular economy, few brands/retailers or upstream suppliers are re-designing their business towards circularity

28/12/2017

Denmark: Coop launches organic agriculture fund

According to a press release the Danish retailer Coop Denmark together with environmental associations will raise funds to support organic farming in Denmark.

18/12/2017

Organic competence for smallholders in Africa and India

Improved access to knowledge and innovations in organic agriculture holds great potential for improving food security and raising the productivity of smallholders’ farms in Africa and India economically, ecologically and socially...

14/12/2017

EU: dramatic insect decrease requires a complete and comprehensive ban

This Tuesday, the competent expert committee of the EU member states in Brussels voted on proposals of the European Commission for the ban on the three neonicotinoids imidacloprid, clothianidin and thiamethoxam.

11/12/2017

Biobased food packaging through the eyes of the consumer

What do consumers think of biobased food packaging? And can manufacturers and retailers strengthen the brand position of their food products by choosing biobased food packaging?

27/11/2017

Amazon: more sale at Whole Foods Stores

Amazon has started to sell tech products and gifts at selected Whole Foods Market stores

23/11/2017

Strong institutional commitment needed to ensure a good legislative transition

Brussels, 22 November 2017 – The trilogue agreement for a new organic regulation reached last June was adopted by the Special Committee on Agriculture on Monday and by the Parliamentary Committee on Agriculture today

20/11/2017

Denmark: catering and off-trade sales at least 30% organic

At a dialogue event in Hamburg, about 60 participants learned that in Denmark, the off-trade catering market has become the most important grow engine for organic food.

13/11/2017

USA: prohibition of aquaponics in organic food production rejected by NOSB

At a meeting on the 1st November 2017, the National Organic Standards Board (NOSB) rejected the proposal to ban hydroponic and aquaponic production methods under the United States Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) National Organic Program

07/11/2017

Scandinavia is gaining strength in natural personal care

"The Nordic region continues to ‘set the trends’ in health and wellness for the rest of the world“, say the organisers ot the event.

30/10/2017

ISO 16128 guidelines for cosmetics

The ISO guidelines for natural and organic cosmetics donot take consumers interests at heart, states the association NATRUE

27/10/2017

Monsanto in trouble

The US seed-& pesticide corporation Monsanto is in trouble. There are many reasons. Among others, the authorization of Monsanto’s flagship the weedkiller Roundup and its ingredient glyphosate is expiring in the EU by the end of this year

26/10/2017

Growing number of EU governments oppose re-approval of glyphosate

The political and public opposition to glyphosate is growing in Europe

17/10/2017

Study Failed promises - the rise and fall of GM cotton in India

Failed Promises: the rise and fall of GM cotton in India", is a well-documented report about the collapse of GM cotton in the world.

09/10/2017

IFOAM launches its new strategic plan

After two years of discussion internally and with stakeholders, IFOAM - Organics International launches its new strategic plan

04/10/2017

Germany: 9.3 million vegetarians and vegans

8 million people in Germany, more than 10 percent of the population, eat a vegetarian diet.

03/10/2017

USA: Organic Agriculture Research Act gained support

The Organic Farming Research Foundation (OFRF), a non-profit foundation, reports a big success. The Organic Agriculture Research Act (H.R. 2436) gained crucial bipartisan support in the U.S. Congress recently.

08/01/2016

Organic groceries discount at Walmart Canada

Walmart Canada has quietly launched a new lineup of organic products under its Great Value store brand

26/06/2014

Tips on how to use Connature

Connature is a Contact and Trade online and global platform for the organic market.