India’s economy is expected to have GDP growth of 7 percent in 2019, and will be a factor in growth of the organic foods industry, says an article in Entrepreneur India. Other factors include the growth of the e-commerce sector and low cost Internet access, improved digital literacy, increased spending capacity in the middle class, government promotion of organic farming, increased organic food exports, and supply chain enhancements.
Expected for completion by March 2020, the Bio Market in Barcelona will be Spain’s first wholesale market for fresh organic food. The market will house 22 stalls and feature direct sales area for small local producers. Built by Mercabarna, market sales are expected to capture 20 percent of the organic fruit and vegetable sales in Catalonia.
Ecovia Intelligence reports that 55 percent of Brazil’s population recognizes the country’s Orgânico national seal for organic products. The Brazilian supermarket chain Pão de Açúcar, the leading retailer of organic foods, is actively marketing organic foods under its 'Taeq' private label.
Increased interest in the source of foods is among Radii China’s review of 2018’s food trends in China. Organic farms and interest in Community Supported Agriculture was on the rise, and is part of an overall interest in healthy eating.
The Rio Negro, Argentina’s top organic agriculture province, added 28 new organic operations in 2017, a 13 percent increase. The 240 operations in the province account for 20 percent of the country’s organic production. Apples and pears are the region’s leading crops, and most products are exported to the United States and Europe.
Although 28 percent of shoppers in Canada report buying more organic products this year than last year, price remains the biggest barrier for 69 percent who say they would buy more natural/organic products if they cost less. The Natural/Organic Shopper Market Report on Canada from Mintel also revealed that 33 percent of shoppers consider organic products nutritious, while 52 percent consider organic products too expensive. In addition, Canadian shoppers can more readily define what makes a product organic compared to what qualifies as natural. Overall, 71 percent of Canadian households say that at least some of the food and beverages they purchase are organic or natural.
From 2007-2017, new natural food/beverage product launches in Canada showed a 366 percent increase in ‘GMO-free’ labels. Meanwhile, consumers can more readily name attributes of organic products than natural products.
National standards for organic production will move forward as a Government bill in 2019. About 65 percent of consumers in New Zealand buy organic products at least some time in a market estimated at NZ$245 million.
The state of Jharkhand in India intends to sign a memorandum of understanding with consumer goods company Patanjali Ayurved for marketing organic farm products of the state. The state government plans to set up organic production clusters in all 24 of its districts.
Households used 5.2 percent less organic vegetables in the first three quarters of 2018, compared to the same time in 2017. Domestic organic carrot production uses more organic farmland than any other vegetable crop. Due to lower yields and weather-related storage issues, domestic organic carrots will be sold out by the end of the year. Meanwhile, organic potatoes comprise 3.6 of German potato acreage. Heat stress is also affecting potato storage, with anticipated loss of 30 percent of the crop.
Woolworths Organic Fund will offer AU$30 million for interest-free loans to organic farms for land, facilities, and equipment. Farmers can also use the loans to convert to organic production. Demand for organic fruits and vegetables is growing about 20 percent annually. The market for organic products in Australia is estimated at AU$2.4 billion.
Carrefour Polska, the Polish Chamber of Organic Food, Warsaw University of Life Sciences and the EKOŁAN Association will work together to develop the organic food market. Although only about 500,000 hectares are used for growing organic food in Poland, organic food sales remain high with demand met by imports. The coalition plans to simplify and facilitate the certification process.
In simulated supermarket shopping scenarios online, people who chose organic products were more likely to buy a product if it was certified organic, locally sourced and in sustainable packaging, with local having the largest bearing on the choice, says Tasmanian Institute of Agriculture (TIA) PhD candidate Maria Massey. In addition, people buy organic products based on perceived health and environmental benefits, but were not clear on exactly what makes a product organic.
Shoppers in Spain spend over €5 million per day on organic food. In 2017, organic food sales reached €1.962 billion, up 16.4 percent from 2016, and nearly double the €1 billion of 2013.Vegetables, fruit and cereals are the most popular categories, with meat and animal-based dairy next. Oil and wine—the most common exports— represent about five percent of domestic sales of organic products. Shoppers under age 25 are the main purchasers of organic products in Spain.
In Austalian Organic’s annual industry awards ceremony, Cleaver brand chicken nuggets were selected as organic food product of the year. Other new product award winners include:
- New Certified Organic Product of the Year – Soulfresh Lo Bros COLA Kombucha (Altona North, VIC)
- Certified Organic Non-Food Product of the Year – TOM Organic Female Hygiene (St Kilda, VIC)
- Certified Organic Alcoholic Beverage of the Year – Kalleske Wines (Greenock, SA)
- Certified Organic Non-Alcoholic Beverage of the Year – Bean Ground and Drunk of The Bean Alliance (Reservoir, VIC)
- Certified Organic Cosmetic Product of the Year – SATIVA Skincare (Bangalow, NSW)
New regulations from the Food Safety Standards Authority of India (FSSAI) will put a stop to ‘frivolous’ terms in food advertising. Once the regulations are implemented, only claims that are based on available scientific information and international best practices will be allowed; eliminating the use of terms such as natural, fresh, traditional, best, and others unless the foods meet certain standards. If these terms or synonyms are included in brand names, a disclaimer must be included that indicates the term is a brand name only and does not represent the product’s true nature.
According to the Prairie Organic Grain Initiative, organic sales in Canada grew an average of 8.4 percent annually from 2012 to 2017, but organic sales in Alberta averaged at 10.2 percent during that time period. Alberta’s market was worth CN$676 million in 2017, part of Canada’s CN$4.2 billion market (excluding alcohol sales). Meanwhile, he percent of people buying organic in Alberta at that time dropped from 82 percent to 76 percent.
USDA’s report on the food service market in Guatemala says healthy, nutritious, and organic products are in demand as many restaurants and hotels are trying to adapt their menus to satisfy the demand of their high-end consumers. Most new hotels and restaurants are located in Guatemala City, with a population of five million.
To support organic production on Irish farms, the government there has re-opened its Organic Farming Scheme, which offers at least five years of payments for organic farmers or those switching to organic.
In street interviews at Paris’ Aligre market in the 12th arrondissement, shoppers talk about their preferences for high-quality, local and organic products. Organic food consumption in France was up 17 percent in 2017, with 59 percent of French people regularly eating organic fruits and vegetables. Sixty percent of organic fruit sold in France is imported.