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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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According to the Canada Organic Trade Association (COTA), the Canadian government is investing $8.3 million in organic agriculture research

22/08/2018

Nestlé USA: Misleading Non-GMO seal

By filing a lawsuit against Nestlé, a woman from California alleged that the US company misleads consumers by using its ‘No GMO ingredients’ seal as it might easily be confused with the Non-GMO Project Verified Seal, reports CBS News

18/08/2018

Core Organic: Europe-wide research for organic farming continues

European research into organic farming is being continued with the Core Organic Cofund programme

09/08/2018

RELACS EU: Project website launched

The EU-project which will be run by FiBL Switzerland as well as IFOAM EU aims at fostering the development and facilitating the adoption of cost-efficient and environmentally safe tools and technologies...

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

08/07/2019

UK Consumers Want More Organic Everything

The Soil Association has reported  on how current consumer trends in health and sustainability are rapidly driving the organic sector in the UK — almost £45 million a week is spent on organic products

01/07/2019

Austria: Organic boom continues

Almost 9% of the fresh food retail products (LEH) are organic products 9% organic share in the food retail trade

24/06/2019

Interview with Bryn Ferris, co-founder of Grounded Uk

Interview with Bryn Ferris, Co-founder of Grounded Uk, the innovative company which produces cold-pressed juice drinks, smoothies and vitamin drinks

20/06/2019

Diet to stay healthy and save the planet: tips to adjust our diet to low CO2 emissions

Taking care of our planet, our health means to take care about what we put on our tables

17/06/2019

Interview with Kurt Paine, Founder of Abott Blackstone, importer and distributor of organic superfoods

Our weekly Interview with Interview with Kurt Paine, Founder of Abott Blackstone, importer and distributor of organic superfoods. We'll know more about its company and how he deals with international sales. Happy to share his experience with our audience of international companies and operators of the sustainable industry.

05/06/2019

Politycal Hotspot may 2019, many challenges to face

In the coming months, the political parties of the European Parliament (MEPs) will nominate candidates for the role of Commission President, many challenges to face

05/06/2019

Interview with Hamza Kayani Director of Chanar Sugar Mills producer of organic brown sugar

We are very happy to share this second interview to Hamza Kayani  Director of Chanar Sugar Mills

03/06/2019

CALL FOR SUBMISSIONS: BEST ORGANIC FARMING PRACTICES IN MOUNTAIN AREAS

The FAO's Mountain Partnership is seeking case studies for its publication “Agro-ecological and Organic Farming Practices in Mountain Areas”

29/05/2019

Interview with E-Silk Route Ventures (Pvt) Ltd, committed in producing fairly and ethically

Let's start our series of Ekowarehouse members interviews with the first company, E-Silk Route Ventures, committed in producing fairly and ethically spices, herbs, tea, fruits and vegetables.              

22/05/2019

$125 discount to register on Ekowarehouse for companies registered at Connature

Connature new Partner, Ekowarehouse the B2B Trade Platform for Organic Products and raw materials which accellerate sales.

06/05/2019

Ifoam, welcome note 2019

Feeding Europe without pesticides is a realistic objective, and a full transition of our agriculture towards agroecology could reduce greenhouse gas emissions from the sector by 40% to 47% while at the same time preserving our biodiversity. 

23/04/2019

EU commission withdraws licence of international organic certifier

EU commissions has withdrawn the organic certification licence for five countries from the international certification body Control Union, as its bad performance facilitated organic fraud

18/04/2019

European critics for Ukraina control body

European critics for Ukraina control body

08/04/2019

A new study confirms that organic farming protects the climate

The impact of long-term organic farming on soil-derived greenhouse gas emissions

01/04/2019

Household panel of market researchers highliths austrian organic share of food at 9%

The Austrians buy almost nine percent of fresh products in the conventional food retail in organic quality" -  announced by Agrarmarkt Austria (AMA

18/03/2019

European Statistic show presence of pesticides in organic imports

European Statistic show presence of pesticides in organic imports from India, China, Turkey, more controls and alignemtent with Eu Standards required

22/02/2019

THE WORLD OF ORGANIC AGRICULTURE 2019

Nearly 70 million hectares worldwide of farmland are organic

18/02/2019

Organic market continues to grow everywere, in Europe as worldwide

In 2017, the European and international organic sector again recorded strong area and market growth

11/02/2019

Fair Trade demanded by cocoa producers

Bitter side of chocolate: "Breadline wages, poverty, child labour

01/02/2019

Organic farming wins performance comparison

German scientists have presented the most comprehensive study to date on the ecological and social performance of organic agriculture. The result is clear: Organic farming leads in five out of seven areas

18/01/2019

EU scientific advisors call for changing the genetic engineering law

The scientific advisors to the EU Commission have presented a paper in which they urge the Commission to change genetic engineering legislation

03/01/2019

Amazon expands network of organic supermarkets in the US

Amazon and the organic sector...expansion in the US

28/12/2018

New study on organic agriculture. Is it disadvantageous for the climate?

Organic agriculture is more damaging to the climate than conventional agriculture, scientists from Sweden and the USA claim. But is that true?

21/12/2018

Switzerland Organic sales: vegetables, fruit and milk increase significantly

From September 2017 to August 2018, 46,663 tonnes of organic vegetables worth 340 million euros were sold in Swiss retail outlets

10/12/2018

The integrity of the international organic market

After four years, the FiBL-project Consolidation of Organic Certification Bodies ended successfully

03/12/2018

EU slam for inspection body certification in Kenya

The EU Commission has examined the branch of an international certifier in Kenya and issued a very poor certificate for its work. So far, however, it has only had to do a little detention

19/11/2018

Switzerland: Organic sales of veggies, fruit and milk have increased significantly

From September 2017 to August 2018, 46,663 tonnes of organic vegetables worth 340 million euros were sold in Swiss retail outlets

09/11/2018

EU organic control in Romania slowly improving

The report praises Romania's efforts to improve the monitoring of organic inspection posts

06/11/2018

New study: Eating organic food reduces cancer risk

French scientists investigated the link between the consumption of organic food and the risk of developing certain types of cancer

02/11/2018

Germany: Microplastic in food worries consumers

Microplastic has so far been found mainly in marine fish. They confuse microplastic particles with plankton...

26/10/2018

Critical look at new additives

Again and again, individual countries move for the inclusion of further additives in the EU Organic Regulation (Annex VIII) and thus for allowing them

22/10/2018

FiBL: SMART Tool to assess food chains

In Switzerland, the Fair Food Initiative failed in a referendum. It wanted to oblige the government to strengthen “the supply of food that is of good quality...

12/10/2018

Natural cosmetics as a future market

The cosmetics market is very dynamic and a lot has happened in the last twelve months. This was emphasised by Elfriede Dambacher, consultant and expert in the natural cosmetics industry, at the 11th Natural Cosmetics Conference​

01/10/2018

German organic market: upward trend continues

What does the sales barometer for organic shops in Germany look like in the second quarter of 2018?  The turnover of the shops surveyed continues to rise

26/09/2018

Austria: Conversion to organic farming without regrets

According to a survey by Keyquest among 500 respondents, 98% of Austrian organic farmers would decide to switch back to organic farming again

20/09/2018

Switzerland: Organic consumption has doubled in ten years

In 2017, organic products worth 2.7 bn Swiss francs were sold in Switzerland, equivalent to 2.4 bn euros or 284 euros per capita

17/09/2018

Sustainability bank Triodos invests in crowdfunding platform

Bettervest specializes in renewable energy and energy efficiency projects that seek to raise money from the crowd through the platform

14/09/2018

Austria: denn‘s biomarkt expands branch network

A new denn's organic market store will open in Eisenstadt, Austria

03/09/2018

E.V.I - the document on Sustainability which wins the trust of Investors

Companies and start-up need to consider sustainability when it comes to plan processes, products, governance and promotion

28/08/2018

Italy: Organic sector shows impressive growth

Market data collected by Nielsen market research until May 2018, confirm a very positive trend in the Italian organic sector

27/08/2018

Canada Organic Trade Association welcomes government funding for organic sector

According to the Canada Organic Trade Association (COTA), the Canadian government is investing $8.3 million in organic agriculture research

22/08/2018

Nestlé USA: Misleading Non-GMO seal

By filing a lawsuit against Nestlé, a woman from California alleged that the US company misleads consumers by using its ‘No GMO ingredients’ seal as it might easily be confused with the Non-GMO Project Verified Seal, reports CBS News

18/08/2018

Core Organic: Europe-wide research for organic farming continues

European research into organic farming is being continued with the Core Organic Cofund programme

09/08/2018

RELACS EU: Project website launched

The EU-project which will be run by FiBL Switzerland as well as IFOAM EU aims at fostering the development and facilitating the adoption of cost-efficient and environmentally safe tools and technologies...

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