May 31, 2022

After nearly 20 years of increasing organic agriculture exports from Ukraine and a domestic market that is beginning to sprout, war brings the treat of destruction of the Ukrainian organic sector. Thirty percent of organic operators have had to suspend business activities, and 70 percent need financial assistance. Although some of Ukraine’s key products (corn, wheat, sunflower products) continue to be available, the Ukrainian ministry of agriculture has excluded many products from export, so check the list, which is updated frequently. The biggest challenge, however, is lack of export infrastructure, including trucks and personnel. Rail alternatives have worked for some organic shipments, and the European Commission intends to assist with additional vehicles. Meanwhile, two organizations in Ukraine, Organic Initiative and Green Dossier, have set up a grant program.

May 12, 2022

Thanks in part to the government’s investments in its Action Plan for Organic Agriculture (2017-2022), Thailand’s organic exports have had an average annual growth rate of 44 percent from 2017-2020. Products with significant export increases include: rice, durian, mangosteens, young coconut, coconut milk and green tea. Thailand’s next action plan for 2023-2027 is in development, and will highlight research, technology, improved certification systems and standards, marketing, and the organic food supply chain.

May 5, 2022

Over the last decade, sales of organic products from locally certified farms/plants in Hong Kong have grown steadily at an average rate of about 10 percent. In 2021, U.S. fresh and chilled organic exports to Hong Kong dropped 11 percent to $10 million compared to 2020 but held above the five-year average. In addition, the slowdown in U.S. organic exports was far less than the 20 percent decline in conventional U.S. exports. While most U.S. agricultural exports faced shipping logistics challenges last year, the smaller contraction in U.S. exports of organic products reflects the growing popularity of these products in Hong Kong. 

Apr 27, 2022

In 2020, organic food sales were up 14 percent from 2019 in the Czech Republic, and represented 1.77 percent of food and beverage sales. Household organic food consumption was valued at CZK 5.99 billion in 2020, up from 5.26 billion in 2019. Supermarkets and hypermarkets were the most common channel, with 32 percent of sales, followed by online sales (22 percent, boosted by the pandemic), organic specialty and health food stores (15 percent) and drugstores (15 percent). Shoppers expressed interest in coffee and tea, prepared foods (including baby food), dietary supplements and other processed foods, as well as fruits and vegetables and dairy products. In 2020, organic exports also increased.

Apr 27, 2022

With carbon farming a priority on the European Union’s agenda for climate change mitigation in agriculture, IFOAM Organics Europe’s new position paper urges the use of a holistic approach which includes not only on the amount of carbon stored in soils but also encompasses biodiversity protection, as in organic farming. A companion document outlines the environmental benefits organic agriculture, including reduced energy use, lower greenhouse gas emissions, and carbon sequestration.

Apr 25, 2022

The Organic Trade Association will offer an online Export Readiness Training series in 2022. The course will meet three times beginning May 4, and will cover developing an export plan, foreign market research, understanding organic trade agreements, export regulations, documentation, and more. Cost is $549 for up to two representatives per company. 

Apr 21, 2022

With a market share of 10.9 percent, sales of organic products in Switzerland were over four billion Swiss francs in 2021, according to Bio Suisse. Eggs, bread and vegetables are the most popular products.

Apr 19, 2022

To assist Danes in finding climate-friendly foods, the Danish government plans to spend €1.2 million to develop a climate label for food. They aim to have the results before the end of 2022, and claim to have the world’s first government-controlled climate label for food. In 2021, Denmark included CO2 emissions in its dietary guidelines, resulting in recommendations to eat more legumes and vegetables and less meat.

Apr 14, 2022

China’s leading online food retailer JD Super has seen certified organic food sales increase 78 percent year-over-year in 2021, and up 110 percent between 2019 and 2021. Other key trends include increased sales of low fat, low sugar and grain-based staple foods; increase interest in products that indicate their geographical provenance (i.e. Wuchang rice); and new instant foods (such as dried mushroom soup mix) and cooking oils (i.e. avocado oil).

Apr 7, 2022

Improvements to the Free Trade Agreement between China and New Zealand are expected to improve New Zealand’s access to the Chinese market. China accounts for nearly 30 percent of New Zealand’s exports and is the country’s largest trading partner. The free trade agreement changes will allow opens China’s market to New Zealand wood and paper products, with 99 percent of New Zealand's wood and paper trade there receiving tariff-free access at the end of the transition period.

Mar 29, 2022

Organic products were 11 percent of purchases and valued at nearly 800 million Euros in Austria in 2021, according to the information from the rolling agricultural market analysis. Overall, Austrian households spend less on food retail in 2021 compared to 2020, but still 13 percent more than before the pandemic. Baking and cooking are down, but sales of ready-made meals and mixes are growing. Although online sales are a minor part of food purchasing at two percent, organic products are ordered more often than average. 

Mar 23, 2022

Following an investigation of soybean meal imports from India during 2020, the Department of Commerce determined that countervailable subsidies are being provided to producers and exporters of organic soybean meal from India. 

Mar 15, 2022

 In 2020, organic wine production in France increased 22 percent from 2019. A total of 9784 organic vineyards encompassed over 137,000 certified or transitional organic hectares. The land area represents 17 percent of the country’s surface area dedicated to wine production. A survey of French consumers revealed that 54 percent have consumed organic wine, up from 36 percent in 2015; 75 percent of the Paris metropolitan area have tried organic wine. About 4.7 percent of wine consumed in France is organic, with 45 percent of sales from direct sales, 10 percent from organic wine specialty shops, 23 percent from wine merchants, and 21 percent in supermarkets.


Mar 15, 2022

The United States Department of Agriculture’s Foreign Agricultural Service offers four trade missions in 2022 to:

  • London, United Kingdom: June 20-23
  • Manila, Philippines: July 18-21
  • Nairobi, Kenya (including buyers from across East Africa): Oct. 31-Nov. 3
  • Madrid, Spain (including buyers from Portugal): Nov. 29-Dec. 3

Typically, trade mission participants conduct face-to-face meetings and receive in-depth market briefings and tours from FAS and industry trade experts who can facilitate the export of products from the United States.

Mar 9, 2022

Both the amount and frequency of processed food purchases were up in the past year, reports a South Korean government survey. Nearly 24 percent of all households are buying processed foods two to three times per week, a 3.1 percent increase over 2020, and 68.4 percent of households purchase more that once per week. The pandemic is a main driver of this shift, and dumplings, pizza, ready meals were the most popular processed food items.

Mar 3, 2022

IFOAM—Organics International offers a guide to the updated European Union organic regulations.  The guide simplifies understanding the regulations by grouping the legislation in a logical way. For example, organic food processors find all the requirements relevant to their activities presented in a logical order and without having to open and consult many different legal acts. IFOAM members receive discounts on the guide.

Mar 3, 2022

IFOAM—Organics International offers a guide to the updated European Union organic regulations.  The guide simplifies understanding the regulations by grouping the legislation in a logical way. For example, organic food processors find all the requirements relevant to their activities presented in a logical order and without having to open and consult many different legal acts. IFOAM members receive discounts on the guide.

Mar 1, 2022

The pandemic boosted Swiss organic sales in 2020, with retail sales up 17 percent to 3.24 Swiss francs. Survey respondents reported buying five percent more organic foods due to COVID-19. Reuters reported that sales of non-organic foods were up only 2.4 percent in the same time period.

Feb 23, 2022

The USDA Foreign Agriculture Service is hosting the virtual US & Chile: SaborUSA Market Showcase May 9-10 to expand U.S. exporter knowledge on Chile’s trade and economic conditions, and connect exporters with potential buyers through one-on-one, virtual business-to-business meetings. Sign up by February 25.

Feb 14, 2022

In part as a result of the global pandemic, the worldwide market for organic food grew in 2020 to reach approximately $136 billion, up $15.9 billion, reports the The World of Organic Agriculture published by IFOAM—Organics International and the Research Institute of Organic Agriculture (FiBL). The United States is the largest market for organic products  ($51.7 billion),  while Australia leads in organic agricultural area (35.7 million hectares), and Liechtenstein had the largest organic share of total farmland (41.6 percent).


How to use this website

The Organic Trade Association (OTA) brings the US organic industry to developing markets around the world. This database is a comprehensive tool for OTA membership interested in participating in or expanding international trade in organic products by providing information to understand international markets for organic products. Select the country you wish to export to and find out whether it has an agreement with the United States, who its certifiers are, and much more.

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