According to organic-market.info, The Czech Ministry of Agriculture plans to invest 30 million crowns (1.11 million) in promoting organic food. The government’s approved plan is to expand the share of organic food to at least three percent by 2020. About a third of organic products from Czech Republic are sold to consumers domestically; the rest is exported or sold as conventional.
Farming UK reports that one of the UK’s largest organic certification organizations, Organic Farmers and Growers, expressed concern that a UK referendum vote to leave the European Union (slated for June 23) could hamper UK organic farmers access to EU markets.
The Soil Association’s annual Organic Market ReportWorth £1.95 billion, organic sales grew by 4.9 percent in 2015, resulting in a 1.4 percent share of the food and drink market. Among the highlights, organic food service is up 15.2 percent. Supermarkets move 69 percent of the organic market, with independent retailers at 16 percent, and box schemes at 12 percent. The top performing food and drink categories are jams and spreads (up 28.1 percent), fish (up 25.1 percent), and oils and vinegar (up 17.5 percent). Sales of organic health and beauty products are up 21.6 percent and organic textile sales are up 16 percent.