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  • The total market size for organic packaged food and beverages in Hong Kong in 2017 is US$17.1mn, making it the 41st largest market in the world by value.
  • Per capita spending on organic packaged food and beverages in Hong Kong is US$2.30, which ranks as the 29th largest spending per capita in the world.
  • The largest company by sales in organic packaged food and beverages is John Lewis Partnership Plc, which maintains 5.5% of total sales, followed by The Hain Celestial Group Inc and City Super Ltd.
  • Organic packaged food and beverages in Hong Kong will see moderate year-on-year growth of close to 4%-5% in 2018. This is slower than the rest of the Asia Pacific region, which will experience approximately 13% year-on-year growth in 2018.
  • Hong Kong maintains a market size for organic packaged food and beverages of US$17.1mn in 2017, which is less than 0.4% of global category sales.
  • Within the Asia Pacific region, China, Japan, South Korea, India and Taiwan all surpass Hong Kong in total value sales of organic packaged food and beverages.
  • Hong Kong will experience slow forecast growth of sales of organic packaged food and beverages, at a 3.5% CAGR from 2017–2022.

QUALITATIVE ANALYSIS

Quick Facts

  • The total market size for organic packaged food and beverages in Hong Kong in 2017 is US$17.1mn, making it the 41st largest market in the world by value.
  • Consumers’ increasing health consciousness and their demand for safe food from reliable sources is driving growth.
  • Organic rice, spreads and coffee are popular organic products in Hong Kong, and organic fruit/vegetable juice and organic rice, pasta and noodles are projected to post healthy value sales growth in coming years.

Market Trends

Competitive Landscape

  • The organic packaged food and beverage landscape in Hong Kong is fragmented and competitive.
  • Despite the fragmentation, several companies have carved out sizeable market shares, including The Hain Celestial Group, Watson Group, Heinz Hong Kong, Citrus World Inc and Happy Planet Foods Inc.

Prospects and Growth Opportunity

  • As consumers’ incomes rise and media attention remains on food safety and environmental issues, the sales value of organic food and beverages in Hong Kong is projected to grow moderately in coming years.
  • Organic rice, dairy and fruit/vegetable juice are projected to record sales value growth rates higher than those of other organic food and beverages categories.

General Health & Wellness Trends

General Economic & Demographic Landscape

Economy:

  • Over the years Hong Kong has transformed from a manufacturing center to a service-based economy.
  • GDP growth has been strong since 2009, but the growth rate decelerated in 2016 as mainland China’s economy cooled.
  • In 2018 real GDP will increase by 2.7%—after gains of 4.0% in 2017, and inflation is expected to be 1.9%, up from 1.7% in 2017.

Population demographics:

  • Hong Kong’s population reached 7.4 million in 2017, up from 6.7 million in 2000, driven in large part by immigration.
  • More than four-fifths of all immigrants to Hong Kong come from mainland China.
  • Hong Kong has one of the lowest fertility rates in the world, which has led to a median age of 43.9 years in 2017.
  • Government officials predict that the number of people aged 64 and older will account for a third of Hong Kong’s population by 2033.

Income & expenditure:

  • Consumer expenditure per capita amounted to HK$222,737 (US$29,983) in 2017 and is projected to grow by 1.9% in real terms in 2018.
  • In the 2018-2030 period total consumer expenditure will grow at an average annual rate of 2.2%.
  • Disposable income per capital totaled HK$285,109 (US$36,730) in 2017, and 2.2% growth in real terms is expected in 2018.
  • The gap between the rich and the poor in Hong Kong is wide and growing. About 1.2 million Hong Kong residents depend on subsidies to survive, and more than half the population lives in public housing.

QUANTITATIVE ANALYSIS

Organic packaged food & beverage data

Data type

Unit

2014

2015

2016

2017

2018

2019

2020

CAGR
(14-17)

CAGR
(17-20)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Health & wellness products consumption

USD million

     3,430.2

     3,752.5

     3,936.9

     4,137.4

     4,278.4

     4,439.4

     4,622.5

6.4%

3.8%

Organic packaged food and beverages consumption

USD million

          14.3

          15.2

          16.2

          17.1

          17.7

          18.3

          19.0

6.1%

3.6%

Organic packaged food consumption

USD million

          11.6

          12.3

          13.0

          13.6

          14.0

          14.4

          14.8

5.4%

2.9%

Organic beverages consumption

USD million

            2.7

            2.9

            3.2

            3.5

            3.7

            3.9

            4.2

9.0%

6.3%

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

%

            0.0

            0.0

            0.0

            0.0

            0.0

            0.0

            0.0

-

-

Economic & demographic data

Data type

Unit

2014

2015

2016

2017

2018

2019

2020

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Total population

million

            7.2

            7.3

            7.4

            7.4

            7.5

            7.5

            7.6

% Middle and upper class of total population

%

              -  

              -  

              -  

              -  

              -  

              -  

              -  

% Population aged 65+

%

            0.1

            0.2

            0.2

            0.2

            0.2

            0.2

            0.2

% Population aged 0-14

%

            0.1

            0.1

            0.1

            0.1

            0.1

            0.1

            0.1

% Population with higher education degrees

%

            0.3

            0.3

            0.3

            0.3

            0.3

            0.3

            0.3

Average number of children per household

children

            0.4

            0.4

            0.4

            0.4

            0.4

            0.4

            0.4

GDP per capita

USD per capita

   40,045.1

   42,166.6

   43,461.1

   46,136.5

   47,220.1

   48,230.3

   49,053.2

Consumer expenditure per capita (US$)

USD per capita

   28,340.0

   29,221.0

   29,314.7

   30,840.3

   31,368.8

   31,883.2

   32,376.7

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

USD per capita

     4,026.4

     4,159.8

     4,290.8

     4,523.4

     4,610.1

     4,694.1

     4,772.8

USDA GATS data

Rank

2017

2016

2015

2014

  Export Value (US$, thousands)

1

Coffee Roast

243.0

Oranges

799.0

Strawberries

5,496.0

Oranges

2,597.0

2

Oranges

2,698.0

Apples

909.0

Oranges

1,579.0

Blueberries

1,610.0

3

Apples

268.0

Cherries

65.0

Apples

857.0

Lemons

1,269.0

4

Strawberries

45.0

Blueberries

945.0

Berries

755.0

Cherries

875.0

5

Blueberries

448.0

Grapefruit

66.0

Pears

465.0

Apples

378.0

Total

8,761.0

11,010.0

10,849.0

7,792.0

Policy Information

Government Agency(s)/Competent Authority

Authorized Government Agency(s): 

Hong Kong’s Center for Food Safety, which operates under the Hong Kong Food and Environmental Hygiene Department (FEHD), is responsible for implementing territory-wide food safety control policies and enforcing food related legislation.

Hong Kong’s Agriculture, Fisheries and Conservation Department has information about organic farming

Agency(s) Contact Information: 

Centre for Food Safety (Risk Communication Section)
8/F, Fa Yuen Street Municipal Services Building, 123A Fa Yuen Street, 
Mong Kok, Kowloon
Phone: 2381 6096
Email: rc@fehd.gov.hk
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Organic Regulations and/or Standards

Name(s) of Regulation and/or Standard: 

Hong Kong does not have any regulation specifically regulating organic standard or
labeling.  They are subject to the same food regulation as any other conventional foods.  There
is no regulation that prohibits the use of any organic logos in Hong Kong.  However, Hong
Kong’s food law has a provision for “False labeling and advertisement of food or drugs,” which
supposedly can protect consumers against any false labeling of organic products.  In addition,
the Hong Kong Customs and Excise Department has legislative backup to combat against
misleading and false trade descriptions.

Date of Implementation: 

0

Imported Products Requirements

Imported Products: 

Hong Kong does not have a law regulating organic food products. US organic products can be sold in Hong Kong with 
the USDA organic logo.

Certification and Accreditation

Certification: 

Voluntary organic certification is available, and Hong Kong allows the use of organic logos on products certified by foreign authorities. 

Certifiers in Hong Kong:
Hong Kong Organic Resource Centre 
Hong Kong Organic Certification Centre

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