India’s Food Safety and Standards Authority (FSSAI) introduced a new organic logo for both the National Programme for Organic Production and the Participatory Guarantee System for India, a move designed to reduce confusion and increase consumer confidence. In addition, a new database (www.jaivikbharat.fssai.gov.in) will allow consumers to check products’ organic certification.
Organic farmland increased most in Europe in 2016, with Bulgaria (up 35 percent), Croatia (up 23 percent) and Cyprus (up 18 percent) leading the way. Greece, Poland and Romania saw decreases, however.
Meanwhile, France saw organic industry growth of 21.7 percent in 2016, with fruits and vegetables and dry foods among the fast-growing categories. Germany’s organic market grew 9.9 percent in 2016. Half the money spent there on organic products was spent in conventional food retailers. In Austria, organic products represented 8.6 percent of the market by July 2017, with eggs, milk, potatoes and vegetables among the top organic products. Sweden’s organic market doubled in size from 2014 to 2016, and is estimated at €2.6 billion, with organic product share estimated at 9.3 percent.
Chile’s Agriculture and Livestock Service has developed a new seal, which will be mandatory for all Chilean organic processed products. Meanwhile, the country has signed an equivalence agreement with the European Union.
In an interview with Mark Tanner, founder of China Skinny, a marketing, research, and strategy company, the American Chamber of Commerce podcast considers challenges of marketing products in China. For example, 40 percent of food and beverage products use influencers in promotions in China, vs. 11 percent in the US. In addition, Tanner talks about some of the regional differences to consider.
Total value of the organic market in Australia is expected to reach AU$2 billion by 2018. In some categories, demand is outstripping supply in Australia and around the world, including grains, fruit and vegetables, livestock feed and red meat. More than two-thirds of Australian households reported purchasing at least one organic product in 2016, with fruit and vegetables, dairy and home-cooking ingredients the leading categories that year. Most shoppers in Australia buy organic products at the supermarket, and 44 percent of shoppers look for a certification logo.
Some markets in Asia are showing double-digit organic market growth rates, with regional sales expected to reach US$10 billion in coming years. China and India are two of the fastest growing markets, with concerns about food safety driving consumer interest.
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Land in organic agriculture increased to 1.25 million hectares in 2016, up nearly 15 percent from the year before. Approximately a third of arable is devoted to fodder crops. Organic production accounted for 8 percent of outdoor vegetable yields and 10 percent of greenhouse crops. In addition, organic farm revenues were up 9 percent, due in part increases in animal product, especially milk and eggs.
Changes to Chile’s organic regulations will now allow Small Ecological Farmers Organizations to verify organic production as part of participant guarantee systems. Now, in order to be recognized as organic, products must be certified either by a certification body or by a Small Ecological Farmers Organization registered with the competent authority.
Businesses exporting organic products to the European Union must now use the EU’s Trade Control & Expert System (TRACES) for electronic Certificates of Inspection. The Organic Trade Association recently shared some tips from the program administrators. Here are excerpts:
Updated Control Body / Certifier Codes
- Exporters can now initiate their own requests.
- If you are exporting product but the importer is not in the system you can create the importer. Create the Importer in the System, you would need to know the Importer EU Control Body. In some EU countries, the Importer has to be validated by EU authorities and not CBs (Germany, Italy). As much as possible the best solution is to ask the Importer to create himself/herself in the system.
- At what point can I print the Certificate of Inspection (COI)? (the electronic signature is not working) Once the Control Body has signed the certificate in TRACES (box 18), the certificate must be printed, stamped and signed; this constitutes the original COI and must be presented at the border of the EU with the consignment.
- Who initiates a request for a certificate of inspection? The person selling the goods to the EU? Or the person in the EU buying them? COI can be initiated by either the Exporter (organic exporter Nota Bene) or the Importer (org Importer), but it is issued by the CB. The certificate signed by the CB is then checked at the EU border by EU relevant authorities. Last but not least the First consignee in the EU has to sign also its part ( box 21).
With organic food sales up 14 percent at retailers and 21 percent in food service between 2014-2016, more Danish farmers are planning to go organic. Nearly 1000 farmers have applied for funding to convert, which is expected to increase organic farmland in Denmark by 19 percent.
IFOAM - Organics will select a new president and new world board members on November 12, 2017. Meanwhile, Executive Director Markus Arbenz will leave his position mid-2018. A search for a new executive director is underway.
Over the last 10 years, natural cosmetic sales have double in Germany and, along with organic cosmetics, have 8.5 percent of the cosmetic market there. More people are trying natural cosmetics, in part because of the availability at drugstores and via successful retail concepts. Meanwhile, in France, members of the association for natural and organic cosmetics (Cosmebio) report 16 percent increase in sales in 2016. Specialty stores there account for 25 percent of the market, and mail order and online ships account for 12 percent. In the United Kingdom, the Soil Association’s week-long campaign in May to draw attention to organic beauty products boosted members’ sales by 13 percent in 2016 Worldwide, the market for natural cosmetics is expected to grow about eight to ten percent annually.
From January through June 2017, organic food and beverage sales in Sweden were up seven to eight percent, reports organic-market.info. For certain commodities, especially fruits and vegetables, demand outstripped supply.
Argentina has reduced inflation form 47 percent in 2016 to an estimated half as much in 2017, with 2018 rates projected to be 16 percent. As the economy improves, food companies are seeing opportunities in tehe market. Meanwhile, In 2016, health and wellness packaged foods showed stronger retail volume sales growth than packaged foods overall, reports Food Navigator.
Soil Association Certification has taken a closer look at organic supply chains in a new report, ‘Organic Supply Chain 2017: Challenges and Opportunities’ that includes a range of case studies, showcasing brands and businesses with inspiring solutions. The report makes key recommendations for strengthening supply chains, including: making effective use of tech solutions that improve efficiency and confidence; increasing transparency and better collaboration along the supply chain to affirm trust and build market stability; reducing UK reliance on organic imports to support domestic production; and developing understanding of growth markets such as export and foodservice to maximize success.
On September 14, the European Parliament consented to an organic equivalency agreement with Chile, and the European Council adopted the decision on October 9; the agreement will begin three months after both countries have completed all the internal processes. Products from Chile included in the agreement are unprocessed agricultural products produced and processed agricultural products for use as food that have been processed in Chile with organically grown ingredients that have been produced in Chile or that have been imported into Chile either from the EU or from a third country that is recognized as equivalent. EU products in the agreement include unprocessed and processed agricultural products that are produced or processed in the EU.
The European Union (EU) has implemented a new system of electronic Certificates of Inspection for imports of organic products. As of October 19, 2017 only the certificates initiated via the electronic system will be valid. The countries of the European Economic Area (EEA) are also implementing the electronic certification system in TRACES. Norway and Iceland follow the same timeline as EU countries. Switzerland will start using the new system as of January 1, 2018.
Fresh produce, dairy and processed foods are fueling organic sales in the UK, as they are tipped to exceed a record £2.2bn (€2.5bn) by the end of the year.
The Organic Trade Association will host a pavilion at BioFach 2018, February 14-17 in Nuremberg, Germany. Participants must promote certified organic product of 51% or more U.S. origin ingredients by value or volume, and provide provide an organic certificate for each product to be exhibited. Register by October 6; preference given to first time exhibitors.
At the recent IFOAM EU Organic Congress, representatives of the EU and of the organic sector discussed pros and cons of the new European Organic Regulation, which is expected in June 2020.