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OTA estimates total organic market consumer sales of Qatar at about $3 million USD per year.

QUALITATIVE ANALYSIS

Quick Facts

  • Organic packaged food and beverage consumption in Qatar is expected to see a 7.1% CAGR and $0.5mn absolute value growth over the forecast period (2015–2018).
  • Qatar’s real GDP will grow by 4.9% in 2016, driven by domestic demand and a growing non-oil sector, but the growth rate will drop to below 3% by the end of the decade.
  • Due to massive immigration, Qatar’s population boomed over the last 30 
  • years to reach 2.4 million in 2015; it is projected to reach 3.2 million in 2030.

General Economic & Demographic Landscape

Economy: 

  • Real GDP will grow by 4.9% in 2016 (up from 4.7% in 2015), driven by domestic demand and growth of the non-oil sector. 
  • Additional support could come from the new Barzan gas field, which is expected to add about 21% to pipeline gas production. 
  • A fall in oil revenues, with attendant project delays and redundancies, will be a drag on the economy.
  • Qatar is outperforming other Gulf Coastal Countries due to a massive public infrastructure investment program. In 2015 the government spent more than US$30 billion, which is only a portion of the roughly US$200 billion to be spent in the years to come as the country prepares for the 2022 FIFA World Cup.
  • Growth of real GDP will decelerate in the future, dipping below 3% per year by the end of the decade. Growth will be driven largely by expansion in the service sector and other non-energy sectors. 

Population demographics: 

  • Qatar’s population reached 2.4 million in 2015, an astonishing 697% increase since 1980. 
  • The pace of growth is decelerating, but the population should still reach 3.2 million by 2030. 
  • Immigration has been the main driver of population growth: More than four-fifths of all residents are foreign citizens, and non-Qataris make up more than 90% of the workforce.
  • Qatar’s fertility rate has been more than halved since 1980, reaching 2.0 births per female in 2015.
  • The fertility rate will continue to decline in the future but will remain close to replacement level.

Income & expenditure: 

  • Consumer expenditure per capita amounted to QR47,021 (US$12,918) in 2015 and will rise by 4.1% in real terms in 2016. 
  • Health goods and medical services, along with education and communications, will be the fastest-growing consumer categories through 2030. 
  • Disposable income per capita totaled QR69,947 (US$19,216) in 2015 and is projected to increase by 3.2% in real terms in 2016.
  • Through 2030, total disposable income will increase by a cumulative value of 70.4% in real terms, growing at an average annual rate of 3.6%.

QUANTITATIVE ANALYSIS

Organic packaged food & beverage data

Data type

2012

2013

2014

2015

2016

2017

2018

CAGR
(12-15)

CAGR
(15-18)

                   

Health & wellness products consumption

113.8

120.4

138.1

108.8

115.8

123.1

131.3

-1.5%

6.5%

Organic packaged food and beverages consumption

1.6

1.9

2.1

2.2

2.3

2.5

2.7

11.2%

7.1%

Organic packaged food consumption

0.7

0.8

0.9

0.9

1.0

1.0

1.0

8.7%

3.6%

Organic beverages consumption

0.9

1.0

1.1

1.3

1.4

1.5

1.6

13.0%

7.2%

Organic packaged food and beverages consumption as a % of total health & wellness products consumption

1.4%

1.6%

1.5%

2.0%

2.0%

2.0%

2.1%

-

-

Economic & demographic data

Data type

2012

2013

2014

2015

2016

2017

2018

               

Total population

1.8

2.0

2.2

2.4

2.5

2.5

2.6

% Middle and upper class of total population

37.6%

37.5%

37.5%

37.5%

37.4%

37.3%

37.3%

% Population aged 65+

1.1%

1.1%

1.0%

1.1%

1.2%

1.2%

1.3%

% Population aged 0-14

15.1%

15.1%

14.5%

14.7%

14.8%

14.9%

15.0%

% Population with higher education degrees

18.6%

18.7%

18.8%

18.8%

18.9%

18.9%

18.9%

Average number of children per household

0.9

0.9

0.9

0.9

0.9

0.9

0.9

GDP per capita

103,818.8

100,756.3

94,808.3

81,645.8

82,205.5

83,072.3

84,023.4

Consumer expenditure per capita (US$)

11,956.2

12,638.3

12,671.6

12,917.9

13,148.3

13,434.1

13,681.3

Consumer expenditure per capita on food and non-alcoholic beverages (US$)

1,452.5

1,515.9

1,502.7

1,515.9

1,526.1

1,542.4

1,553.6

Retailer & urban area data

Data category

Rank

Urban Area/retailer

Population
(mns)

       

Top urban areas by population (2015)

1

Doha

1.8

Top urban areas by population (2015)

2

-

-

Top urban areas by population (2015)

3

-

-

Top urban areas by population (2015)

4

-

-

Top urban areas by population (2015)

5

-

-

Top grocery retailers by sales (2015)

1

-

-

Top grocery retailers by sales (2015)

2

-

-

Top grocery retailers by sales (2015)

3

-

-

Top grocery retailers by sales (2015)

4

-

-

Top grocery retailers by sales (2015)

5

-

-

USDA GATS data

Rank

2015

2014

2013

2012

1

Berries

Tomato Sauce

Coffee Roast

Tomato Sauce

2

Tomato Sauce

Cherries

 

Blueberries

3

Strawberries

Coffee Roast

 

 

4

Blueberries

 

 

 

Policy Information

Government Agency(s)/Competent Authority

Authorized Government Agency(s): 

Qatar is a member of the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) that includes Bahrain, Kuwait, Oman, Qatar, United Arab Emirates (UAE) and Saudi Arabia. Gulf Standards Organization (GSO) is responsible for developing food and non food standards in the GCC. Once a new standard is approved by the GSO food standards committee, each member country officially adopts the standard, thus making it a national standard as well as a GSO standard. 

Ministry of Public Health monitors imported foods.

Agency(s) Contact Information: 

GCC Standardization Organization (GSO)
Riyadh - Kingdom of Saudi Arabia
AlGadeer - Olaya Street
P.O.Box 85245 Riyadh 11691
Phone: (+96611) 2746655
Fax: (+96611) 2105391
Email: csc@gso.org.sa
Website

Ministry of Public Health
Port Health and Food Control
PO Box 42
Doha
Qatar
Phone: 44070226
Fax: 44070820
Email: port.health@sch.gov.qa
Website 

Organic Regulations and/or Standards

Name(s) of Regulation and/or Standard: 

Regulation and/or Standard Scope: 

The standard applies to unprocessed plants and plant products, livestock and livestock products, and processed agricultural crop and livestock products intended for human consumption. A product will be regarded as bearing indications referring to organic production methods where, in the labelling or claims, including advertising material or commercial documents, the product, or its ingredients, is described by the terms “organic”, “biodynamic”, “biological”, “ecological”, or words of similar intent including diminutives which, in the country where the product is placed on the market, suggests to the purchaser that the product or its ingredients were obtained according to organic production methods.

Imported Products Requirements

Imported Products: 

GCC Guide for Control on Imported Foods is useful for all food imports.

Nutritional facts must appear in the Arabic language on product packaging. See Qatar Implementation of GSO Regulation on Nutritional Labeling (2017).

Definitions

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