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.
Exhibitors may qualify for a special offer which includes a tabletop display space, airfare, and hotel stay for the BioFach trade show, February 15-18, 2017 in Nuremberg, Germany. Participants must promote certified organic product of 51% or more U.S. origin ingredients by value or volume. Space is limited, and priority is given to new-to-program OTA participants. See details at the registration page, and direct questions to Monique Marez.
As of October 2016, organic sales in Ireland were valued at €142 million, up 23.7 percent form October 2015. The organic sector received €10 million in government funding in Budget 2017. Approximately 2 percent of Ireland’s farmland is in organic cultivation. Popular product categories include vegetables, fruit and yogurt.
IFOAM- EU reports the European Parliament voted on October 6 to oppose the authorization proposal for cultivation and for import and use in food and feed of five GMOs. A clear majority of Members of Parliament rejected three varieties of GMO maize for cultivation in the EU, as well as one variety of maize and one variety of cotton for import and use in food and feed. The objection of the Parliament does not block the process, however, and Member States are expected to vote on these authorizations on November 16.
October 6, 2016
Denmark’s Irma supermarkets, a part of Coop Denmark, launched an advertising campaign to promote organic, especially their house brand of products. The chain seeks to increase the percent of organic sales from 30 percent to 50 percent. The chain has over 70 stores, most located in the metropolitan Copenhagen area.
Top retailer S Group increased organic sales 20 percent over last year. Product categories with the strongest growth include coffee cheese and fresh produce. Women aged 30-44 are the leading demographic of organic shoppers, followed by men in the same age range.
Although Ukraine is well-known as a provider of organic fodder for elsewhere in Europe, domestic consumption of organic products is on the upswing. The country has over 300 outlets sellign orgnaic products, many of them concentrated in Kiev. Two examples of specialty retailers include Naturboutique and biologic.ua.
Europäisches Bioobst-Forum, an organization for organic fruit grower groups from across Europe, predicts that the 2016 crop of organic apples will be approximately 150,000 tonnes, and down slightly from the previous year. Frosts in Austria are to blame for the reduction. In addition, hail has had an impact on fruit quality in some areas.
IFOAM EU now offers a new platform for organic farmers, researchers and scientists to exchange information on key agriculture topics, including soil quality and fertility; weed management; nutrient management; pest and disease control; and crop- specific issues. The project is part of the OK-Net Arable project funded by Horizon 2020.
According to a new report from AgenceBio, the organic market in the first half of 2016 is up over 20 percent compared to the first half of 2015. The organic market in France is expected to reach €6.9 billion by the end of 2016, up €1 billion from 2015, and over 200 new retail stores opened in the first half of 2016.
Sept. 30, 2016
Local farms are working together to create online farmers markets, call Food Assemblies, where shoppers preorder online and pick up produce at a designated place and time each week.
Sept. 30, 2016
Hard discount stores Aldi and Lidl intend to offer ‘100 percent sustainable’ bananas, says Fresh Plaza. Hard discounters had 17 percent of the retail market in the EU in 2014.
As part of the European Economic Area (EEA), Norway is prepared to replace its national organic regulations with the European Union’s requirements, which differ in relation to sheep pen floor and labeling of organic product origin. Because of a gap in time between the expiration of Norway’s national organic laws (as a condition of being in the EEA) and the adoption of the EU requirements, some European countries had stopped importing Norway’s organic salmon over the summer.
Sept. 30, 2016
A new equivalency arrangement between Canada and Switzerland, effective October 1, 2016, will allow all Canadian organic multi-ingredient processed products to be exported to Switzerland. The arrangement will also recognize Canadian and Swiss organic wine standards as being equivalent.
Beginning January 1, 2017, a new two-year pilot program for country of origin labeling will begin in France for meat and dairy products. Organic products are exempt.
Sept. 28, 2016
Local farms lack organic certification, which hampers the export of organic vegetable and other products, reports AEC News Today. Khmer Organic Cooperative sells about 660 pounds of non-certified organic vegetables each week in its stores. Germany’s overseas aid provider GIZ Asean-SAS will be providing technical assistance to help organic producers with certification. Meanwhile, 40 percent of Cambodia’s organic rice harvest is sold domestically, and demand for it is increasing, despite higher prices.
September, 27, 2016
An online survey of consumers in Germany, United Kingdom, France and Italy found that nearly all respondents were unfamiliar with the EU organic ‘leaf’ logo on organic fish. Consumers were more familiar with the national organic logos, however. Furthermore, many respondents thought that organic fish is wild fish, and that no use of medicines is allowed.
Sept. 27, 2016
According to Nielsen’s Global Health and Ingredient-Sentiment Survey, about 70 percent of Chinese survey respondents limit or prohibit certain foods and ingredients in their diets. The least desired ingredients are artificial flavors, preservatives, colors and sweeteners; antibiotics in animal products and genetically modified organisms. Furthermore, about 82 percent of those respondents said they are willing to pay more for foods without the objectionable ingredients. Overall, Chinese consumers report a desire for more natural foods (67 percent), organic foods (55 percent) and foods without genetically modified organisms (52 percent) in the stores.
The government of Fiji, including the Ministry of Agriculture and the Ministry of Industry, Trade and Tourism, will develop growth of the organic sector, to benefit the economy and the environment. Along with organic standards, the work will include organic policy and strategies to create growth of the sector.
Now worth £1.95 billion, organic product sales in the United Kingdom were up 4.9 percent in 2015 and represent 1.4 percent of the overall food and beverage market, according to a new market report from the Soil Association. Organic Market Report 2016 shows that the food and beverage categories with some of the the fastest-growing sales are jams and spreads (up 28.1 percent), oils and vinegars (up 17.5 percent), and tea (up 12. 8 percent). Organic food sales are also up in food service, and are valued at £64.3. In addition, the Soil Association has a new report on consumers. Both reports are available for sale.