The Food Safety and Standards Authority of India (FSSAI) now has answers to frequently asked questions concerning import procedures on its web site. Topics include: Labeling requirements for imported food items, pre-requisites for Importing Food into India, steps in the import process, shelf-life requirements of imported food, and more. Some of these topics had recently changed with the Food Safety and Standards (Food Import) Regulations, 2017.
The Chinese Academy of Sciences and the Research Institute of Organic Agriculture (FiBL) have a five-year agreement for a joint research center: Sino-Swiss Organic Agriculture Research Center (SSOARC). Among its activities, the new center will promote environmentally-friendly agriculture and share practical knowledge with Chinese farmers.
March 23, 2017
As part of its efforts to develop a harmonized animal welfare inspections for organic farms, the AWARE Project is working with over 215 representatives from certifiers, associations and universities across Europe. The group recently agreed on animal welfare criteria and species-specific inspection concepts. Supported by the European Union, the project plans to offer a training curriculum for organic inspectors so that any shortcoming in animal welfare on organic farms are identified and corrected.
Part of Germany’s sustainability strategy includes growing organically on 20 percent of Germany’s farmland, reports Freshplaza. Switching to organic methods is seen as offering good opportunities for farms as well as benefitting animal welfare, biodiversity and climate protection.
New technology using different types of cooling systems can grow organic vegetables and fruits year-round, even in the heat of summer, reports Gulf Times. Demand for organic products is increasing throughout the Gulf region, and one estimate suggests that 20 percent of the vegetables consumed each day is imported organic products.
Two organic brands (Migros Bio and Bio Suisse) were among top ten of brands for people aged 15-25, based on a survey of over 4,000 people conducted by the advertising agency Havas. This is the first time these organic brands have appeared in the top ten of the 505 brands in the survey.
The United Arab Emirates’ Ministry of Climate Change and Environment is encouraging local organic agriculture by subsidizing farming equipment, providing expertise, and connecting local farmers with retailers. Organic farmland in the UAE has increased to 45,890 acres in 2016, up from 2360 acres in 2009. Zucchini, cucumbers, tomato and eggplants are among the local crops on the rise.
In order to enhance its position in Spain’s €1 billion organic market, retailer El Corte Inglés plans to have 20 Biosphere stores-within-a-store in place this fall. The Biosphere units will offer over 1500 product lines including fresh produce, dairy, packaged food and personal care products,a nd will have dedicated staff available to answer questions. In addition, the retailer plans to offer its own organic label.
Indonesia repealed National Agency for Drug and Food Control (BPOM) Regulation No. HK 00.06.52.0100 of 2008 on the Control of Organic Processed Food, and added new regulations for organic processed food (Regulation of the Head of NA-DFC No.1 of 2017 on Organic Food); the update includes a chart of materials allowed for use in processed organic foods.
The organic market in Switzerland grew 5 percent in 2015, and the Swiss lead in per capita spending on organic at about €260. Fresh products, valued at €1 billion, are the top selling category, and eggs and bread are the top selling products.
Retail sales of organic products were valued at €1.3 billion in 2015, up form 1.2 billion in 2014, and represented 7 percent of the market. Organic food service, valued at €80 million, represents 1.8 percent of total food service turnover.
Scan data from Nielsen show that sales of organic products in supermarkets and department stores were up 20 percent in 2015 to €870 million. Meanwhile, AssoBio, Italy’s organic industry association, estimates organic product sales in totaled €4.2 billion in 2015, with €1.5 billion of that attributable to exports.
Retail sales of organic products were valued at €1.3 billion in 2015, up from 1.2 billion in 2014, and represented 7 percent of the market. Organic food service, valued at €80 million, represents 1.8 percent of total food service turnover.
Based on the exports that are tracked by the limited set of Harmonized Tariff Schedule codes dedicated specifically for organic products, US organic exports are up a half of a percent in 2016, and totaled $547.6 million. US organic imports are valued at $1.7 billion. Leading organic exports include: fresh apples, fresh grapes, and lettuce. Meanwhile, the Organic Trade Association continues to advocate for additional Harmonized Tariff Schedule codes dedicated specifically for organic products.
Key food, nutrition and consumer trends compiled by FoodNavigator include:
- Japan’s population is aging, as 36 percent of the population will be age 65 or over by 2040.
- Superfoods and functional foods continue to garner consumers’ interest. Examples of superfoods include spirulina, hemp seeds and teff. Meanwhile, functional foods that address sleep, stress, eye health and joint health are some of the emerging products.
- Healthy beverage sales are expected to grow. For example, sales of organic dairy are expected to have a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of nearly 15 percent through 2021.
- Interest in sports nutrition is growing, and nearly 15 percent CAGR until 2022 is expected. Products of interest include protein powders and nutrition bars.
Foreign demand remains the main driver for organic production in Romania, though 2015 production was down. Meanwhile, domestic consumption is on an upward trend. The organic consumer market was estimated in 2016 at U.S. $45 million, an increase of more than 30 percent compared to two years ago. Retail stores contributed to this expansion, as they have dedicated shelves to organic products, making these products more visible and attractive to consumers.
Worldwide: IFOAM envisions next phase of organic agriculture
In a paper developed over several years and with input from stakeholders around the world, IFOAM - Organics International outlines a vision and strategy for the next phase of the organic sector. Organic 3.0 aims at better contributing to solve challenges in the food chain such as healthy and affordable food for everyone, minimized environmental and food pollution, fairness for producers, high animal welfare, and efficiency in resource utilization.
An enhanced nutritional profile and environmental benefits are helping drive growth of organic dairy in the Asia-Pacific region, reports FoodNavigator. Analysts expect compound annual growth rates of 14.8 percent from 2016-2022 of the market in the Asia-Pacific as disposable income and interest in healthy eating increase.
Feb. 7, 2017
The 2017 edition of the study “The World of Organic Agriculture” (data per end of 2015) published by Research Institute of Organic Agriculture (FiBL) and IFOAM – Organics International estimates the world’s organic market at US$81.6 billion, up from US$59.1 billion in 2010. Land used for organic agriculture is also up worldwide, with 50.9 million hectares, or 1.1 percent, of the world’s agricultural land devoted to organic production. The United States is the leading market, with 47 percent of the world’s organic retail sales, followed by Germany (11 percent), France (7 percent) and China (6 percent). Meanwhile, Switzerland, Denmark and Sweden are leaders in per capita consumption of organic products, based on retail sales.
In order to curb health problems that can stem from a diet of western-style junk foods, the Torba province of Vanuatu plans to impose restrictions on import of western foods in favor of locally grown organic and sustainable foods. Tourism bungalows have been ordered to serve only locally grown organic foods to guests, and the province seeks to become the first organic province in Vanuatu by 2020.