Demand for organic chicken is likely to spearhead across various countries on the back of increasing demand for organic food, concludes a new report. Fact.MR projects that the sales of organic chicken worldwide are likely to cross US$7,500 million by end of 2028 with increasing demand from emerging countries. Sales of organic chicken are expected to remain concentrated in the developed countries of Europe closely followed by emerging economies of Asia Pacific excluding Japan.
Concerns about food origin and social consciousness are some of the factors driving increased interest in organic products in Vietnam. In addition, improved living standards are putting organic food, cosmetics and clothes in the reach of more people. Organica, one of Vietnam’s retailers, now has five outlets in three major cities, and the supermarket chain Co.opmart reports sales are on the rise.
Organic regulations in effect beginning July 1, 2018 require the use of India’s organic logo on imported organic products, including products from the United States. Until September 30, 2018, the Government of India’s Food Safety and Standards Authority of India (FSSAI) will allow imported organic products to enter India with a non-detachable sticker of FSSAI’s organic logo, as required under Food Safety and Standards (Organic Foods) Regulations, 2017. Absent the FSSAI organic logo, imported organic food products will not be allowed entry into India.
An agriculture commission in Brazil’s lower house has passed a proposal that would ban the sale of organic foods in supermarkets and other major retailers, supposedly as an effort to curb fraud and mislabeling. The proposal must pass another congressional commission before moving forward to a full vote.
A pilot program “Payment by Results” has been extended two years with £540,000 more in funding from the Department for Environment, Food & Rural Affairs (DEFRA) to pay farmers according to the environmental outcomes they achieve. The project is paying participating farmers for work that is specifically tailored to the environmental needs of their area. For example, in Norfolk and Suffolk farmers are benefitting from planting nectar plots for bees and other pollinators, while those in Wensleydale are focused on managing species-rich meadows.
As the standard of living has improved in China, so has interest in imported food. According to the General Administration of Customs, China’s total food imports were up 25 percent year on year to $58.28 billion last year. Meat, oil, dairy and seafood are the most popular imports.
Kazakhstan plans to increase organic soybean production in the next seven years to reach 3.9 million metric tons, a 15-fold increase. They hope to export to Europe and China. Currently, less than one percent of the country’s agricultural land is dedicated to organic production.
A free report from EcoLogical.bio on The Organic Sector in Spain 2018 revealed that the domestic market in Spain is valued at €1.686 million, and the organic food is 1.69 percent of the food market there. In addition, per capita spending on organic products is up 12.58 percent since 2015.
Organizers of the upcoming NATEXPO show anticipate the organic market in France will reach €12 billion within two years, reports Organic and Wellness News. Organic sales increased 17 percent in 2016.
Fresh Plaza reported that a spokesperson from fruit and vegetable distributor Grupa Owoce Natury discussed the culture of buying produce directly from local markets or farm stands. Shoppers feel that buying organic products direct makes the product more authentic and trustworthy.
Canada Organic Trade Association’s annual organic agriculture by the numbers report “Organic Agriculture in the Prairies” found that organic farmland expanded from 1.4 to 1.6 million acres from 2015 to 2016, and in 2016, there were 1632 certified organic operations in the Prairies. The 16-page report is available for free.
The French National Assembly passed an Agriculture and Food Bill that will require half the food served in public canteens to be either organic, local or produced to meet certain environmental standards by 2022. Organic produce must be at least 20 percent of the food. The Senate will also need to pass the bill.
Four food trends identified by the New Zealand-based Fonterra dairy company include: A shift toward natural; increased interest in premium products; customization and snacking before and after dinner. In addition, wealthy educated young shoppers are seeking out information online, especially via mobile devices, to find safe high-quality nutritious food.
IFOAM – Organics International, Naturland and FiBL are working to build up organic competence in selected Green Innovation Centers in 14 countries, including Cameroon, Malawi and Mali. Local market development is part of the plan, along with training for farmers.
Statistics compiled by the United Kingdom’s Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (DEFRA) show that the number of organic operations in the UK is up 3.5 percent since 2016, and organically farmed land is up 1.9 percent to 2.9 percent of the total farmed area on agricultural holdings. Pasture is the most common organic land use.
Market research from Mintel forecasts 6.6 percent compound annual growth rate in dairy sales until 2022. Despite lower per capita rates of consumption than in Japan or the United States, yogurt and cheese are expected to have consistent sales increases. In addition, urban Chinese consumers prefer imported dairy products.
Shoppers in London can try organic food, see cooking demos, enjoy music and entertainment, and more at the Go Organic Festival, September 8-9, 2018 in Battersea Park. Organized by Diversified Communications UK, the family-friendly event is expected to attract as many as 15,000 people.
Sales of organic food and beverages increased 31 percent form 2016 to 2017, and the market share is now 13.3 percent according to Statistic Denmark. Over half of Danes by organic food every week, and organic products are readily available in grocery stores.
The Food Safety Standards Authority of India has proposed labeling packaged foods that are made with five percent or more genetically modified ingredients. Final regulations are expected in about two months.
Official statistics from the agricultural ministry showed 132 organic producers in the country. Smallholders and beekeepers will for the first time receive subsidies for organic production. May 5, 2018