Society is increasingly aware of animal welfare and care for the environment. The consumption of organic products has significantly grown in recent years. This article analyses the opportunities from the organic market in Europe.
It is very common to confuse these terms, so here are the definitions:
The European Commission launched the Organic Certificate ten years ago to support organic production. It favours producers who carry out work with or for the environment, who comply with a series of quality requirements.
In order to receive an organic certificate, the product must meet these requirements:
The organic market exceeded 40,000 million euros in Europe in 2018.
According to figures from the FiBL (Research Institute of Organic Agriculture), the market value of organic products is on the rise. This is proven by the remarkable growth it has experienced in recent years. Just three years ago, the figures reached 37.3 billion euros, with a growth of 11% compared to 2016.
In 2018, for its part, the market volume in Europe reached 40.7 billion euros, an increase of almost 10% compared to the previous year. This leaves us with an absolute growth of more than 20% in just two years. This data strongly supports what we perceive: organic products are here to stay and in a few years, it will become the main market in the food sector.
Within the European territory, Germany leads the consumption of organic products with 27% of the total volume in the old continent.
Germany is closely followed by France with 22%. These two countries alone account for almost 50% of the total consumption of organic products in Europe.Per capita, consumption of organic food has doubled in the last ten years. Significantly the per capita spend on products in this sector doubled over eight years, from approximately €25 in 2010 to approximately €50 in 2018.
If we transfer this data to the level of the European Union, it is even more positive for companies that operate within the organic market. The average annual consumption per person in the member states is €76. This is 50% higher than the average of all the countries of the continent. The number of producers increases year after year and Spain leads the ranking of countries with the largest organic area. There has been a 5% growth per year in organic food producers and processors. Not only is consumer behaviour changing, but producers are shifting their manufacturing methods and adapting to the demands of customers.
The area of organic production reached 15.5 million hectares in Europe, 1.25 million more than in 2017. Spain led the way with 2.2 million, ahead of France and Italy with 2 and 1.9 million respectively.
Europe is experiencing an exponential growth in the organic sector and there is still a lot of potential to explore in the coming years.
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