As India develops new trade agreements, United Arab Emirates and Saudi Arabia have decided to use India as a base for their food security, and are interested in investing in organic agriculture and food processing.
Denmark’s organic association Økologisk Landsforening anticipates a shortfall of organic vegetables, fruit, berries and corn for human and animal feed unless more farmers there switch to organic agriculture. To avoid shortages, production would need to increase by 50 percent.
In 2019, Sri Lanka’s Export Development Board plans to prepare regulations for the Sri Lankan organic sector and create a database to identify organic farmers. The database will also include information on organic research.
India’s main food trading agency, the National Agricultural Cooperative Marketing Federation of India, is working with online retailers such as Amazon and Grofers to offer a range of lower-priced organic products. The strategy is designed in part to assist small farms who have pooled their resources.
One of the largest providers of home delivered organic products has seen a 36 percent increase in sales since 2013. Riverford’s box delivery service sells about 50,000 vegetable boxes each week. Organic product sales in the UK were about 1.5 percent of the market last year, and most people (81 percent) of UK shoppers spend less than £40 annually on organic products.
After almost two years of negotiations, the European Commission, the Council and the Parliament agreed on a new fertilizer regulation, reports IFOAM EU. Once it is formally adopted, the revised text, which will replace the 2003 Fertilizers Regulation, will include all types of fertilizers – mineral, organic, bio stimulants, growing matters, industry by-products, etc. About half of the fertilizers on the EU market are not yet covered by the existing legislation. In addition, the new law will limit cadmium content in phosphorus fertilizers. Changes may be in the the works for the organic sector as well, since the EU’s organic regulations reference the Fertilizer Regulation 2003/2003.
Organic beverage sales in India in 2015 were valued at $26.1 million, and is projected to reach $108.9 million by 2021. Dairy and juice are two of the key beverage categories there. Interest in health and product innovation are among the drivers of growth, with price as an impediment. Demand for private label organic products is expected to grow in a market characterized as fragmented.
A new study examines the factors (subjective norms (SNs), personal attitude, and perceived behavior control (PBC)) that influence consumer purchase intention regarding organic food from the theory of planned behavior and health consciousness as an additional factor in Tanzania and Kenya. Knowledge is one of the keys to predicting purchase behavior.
The market for organic food in India is expected to reach as much as US1.7 billion in the next two years, and makes it an emerging market to watch, says Food Navigator Asia. An increase in per capita purchasing power and awareness of the benefits of organic foods, coupled with strong government support for organic agriculture are among the factors behind the increase.
Without a BREXIT deal in place, organic food businesses in the UK that rely on European customers are among those at high risk of closing. Small businesses and those that offer fresh products are especially vulnerable.
Organic production is about 1 percent of total agricultural production. Organic demand is primarily an urban phenomenon so far, and demand is increasing as people become more health conscious.
Interest in organic food is increasing, and Mexico is the fourth largest producer of organic food in the world, with over one million hectares devoted to organic agriculture. Top products include coffee, safflower, avocado, corn and agave. Sales to the United States increased over 96% from 2015 to 2017.
Mother Dairy, one of the leading dairy companies in India, launched a range of organic produce and kitchen staples under its Safal brand. The company aims to have revenues of ₹50 crore next fiscal year and ₹100 crore in 2020-21. Organic kitchen staples include beans, rice, spices, flour and more.
Lulu supermarkets reported that sales of locally grown organic fruits and vegetables—estimated at DH4 million—were up 5 percent in 2018. Overall, locally grown organic produces comprises about 10 percent of the produce in the Lulu supermarket chains.
Some organic products, such as baby food, vegetables, tea, meat and shrimp, have a foothold in the market, but less than 100,000 hectares is devoted to organic agriculture in Vietnam.
A new Woolworths’ store concept, The Kitchen, will feature organic fruits and vegetables. The smaller format store, located in Sydney, offers and expanded selection of the store’s private label Macro brand, a cafe, florist, and prepared foods as well.
Kyrgyzstan’s parliament wants the government to plan for all the country’s agriculture to be organic by 2028. The country banned the cultivation and sale of genetically modified crops in 2014.
Interest in health and wellness is one factor driving growth of the food service sector in India, which is expected to reach Rs 5,52,000 crore by 2022. Although the trend is primarily urban phenomenon, it is expected to reach smaller cities as consumer preferences grow.
Compared to the same period in 2017, organic sales in 2018 were up 10 percent in the first six months of the year. There are nearly 4000 organic farms in Styria.
The Ministry of Agriculture and Food Industry is promoting its MyGap and MyOrganic certification programs as part of its drive to “Go Green, Go Organic.” Awareness programs are slated for 18 villages in Kundasang.