Soil Association Organic Market Report - Organic Food Sales
4th Sep 07
The Soil Association have just published their annual Organic Food Market
Report, and the figures show organic food and drink sales in
the UK nudged the £2 billion mark - a 22% growth rate throughout
This annual report was launched at the same time as the Soil
Association Organic Fortnight 2007, and it shows the continuing
growing market in organic food and drink. However, its not just
organic food and drink which is measured, but also includes textiles
and health and beauty products.
Organic box and mail order schemes have also shown considerable
growth rates this year, from £95 million in 2005 to £146
million in 2006 - a staggering 53% growth. This is actually more
than double the amount experienced by major supermarkets.
A particularly strong growth area within the organic industry
is in the textiles and organic health and beauty sectors. In
2006 the Soil Association saw a 30% increase in the number of
health and beauty products licensed with them. Also at current
growth rates the UK organic cotton market is estimated to be
worth £107 million by 2008.
This report also includes research from Mintel, which shows
that within the group of people surveyed, over half of them had
purchased organic fruit and vegetables within the last 12 months.
Also one in four consumers had bought organic meat or dairy products;
and one in six had purchased packaged organic goods.
Other key areas of the organic report were:
- Organic farmers are three times as likely to market their
products locally or directly as non-organic farmers in the UK.
- Households that have children under 15 tend to buy more organic
food than households with no children.
- An average of £37 million is spent on organic produce
in the UK, with consumers who live in London, the Southeast,
the Southwest and Wales most likely to purchase organic food.
For the first time sales in free-range and organic eggs are outstripping
eggs from caged birds. Which must mean that concerns over animal
welfare appear to be driving changes in the poultry sector. The
combined sales value of free range and organic eggs exceeded
that of cage eggs for the first time.
- Organically managed land now accounts for approximately 3.5%
of the UK s total agricultural land area. Organic holdings now
represent approximately 1.6% of all farms in the UK.
- In the year to March 2007, the market for organic milk increased
by approximately 20% c in line with the long-term average organic
milk market growth.
- Organic baby food sales have increased by 7% to approximately
£78 million - in 2006. Over the same period the sales of
non-organic baby food declined by 2%.
- The organic poultry market is another area of increase in
sales, and shows no signs of slowing down. An estimated 12.4
million organic table birds were consumed in 2006 c an increase
of 39% since 2005.
However, even though there has been a steady growth in the
organic food sector in the UK, there are other organic areas
that are still falling to meet demands. One example of this is
organic livestock sectors, which are dependent on supplies of
organic feed. However, UK self-sufficiency in organic cereals
fell below 50% during 2006, which increased our reliance on imported
organic grains. Also as a result of poor global harvests, the
cost of livestock feed wether organic or non-organic is rising
Soil Association Director of Food and Farming, Helen Browning,
"The staggering 53 per cent growth in sales through box
schemes and other direct routes confirms strong public support
for local, seasonal and organic food that provides a fair return
to farmers and growers, boosts the local economy, and also reduces
your carbon footprint c consumers are increasingly linking everyday
food choice to environmental action.
"While this year s report confirms a positive future
for organic food and farming, the organic movement faces challenges
in the long-term from climate change and rising oil prices, as
do all farmers and growers. Rises in feed and fuel prices will
need to be reflected in food prices at the check-out that enable
farmers to get a fair return on their production costs. It's
fantastic to have such strong public support for and understanding
of the benefits provided by organic farming, but that must urgently
extend to more widespread acceptance, by retailers as well as
consumers, of the true costs of producing staple foods like eggs,
milk, meat , and bread sustainably.
"The significant short-fall in UK grown organic cereals
is a major concern, forcing greater reliance on imports for livestock
feed - but of course, it is also a major opportunity for current
non-organic cereal farmers to convert and supply a guaranteed
and growing market.
"With the government s own studies confirming that organic
farming typically uses 30 per cent less energy than non-organic
farming, it s not surprising more and more people are choosing
to purchase planet-friendly, organic food. This is confirmed
by an independent poll commissioned by the Soil Association from
Mumsnet, which found that 84 per cent of mums believe that organic
is better for their family and 90 per cent for the planet. We
ll be using that endorsement from the nation s mums to get Gordon
Brown to wake up to the planet-friendly benefits of organic food
Organic News Pages - Archives
Organic News Page
Urgent Talks Regarding Global Food Costs
UK CO2 Emissions Rise Faster Than EU Average
Fairtrade Shopping Revolution in the UK
News Page 2:
Ethical Air Freight of Organic Food
News Page 3:
Soil Association Organic Market Report -
Organic Food Sales Soar
News Page 4:
The Soil Association Organic Food Festival
Organic Awards - Winners Announced
Organic Milk and Cheese Sales Rise
News Page 5:
Is it on the Label?
M&S Turning Green
News Page 6:
Opinion Split over Organic Food
Organic Farmers etc Reply to Doubt Cast
Ethical Spending (eg. Organic Food) is at
an all Time High!! And has beaten Beer &
News Page 8:
Devon - Voted The No. 1 Organic County!
Soil Association at the National Fruit
News Page 9:
Launch of New Similac Organic Formula Milk
Supermarkets - Organic Friend or Foe?
The Importance of Locally Produced Food
So What's in a Name? - soorganic.co.uk tries
to fight leading brand for name...
Organic Food Growing Market
News Page 11:
Have an Organic Valentines Day
Organic Food Catching On
Raising Awareness of Organic Food
News Page 12:
Mothers and Babies - why you should eat
Local Farmers Markets Boom & Organic
Food Sales Grows by £2.3 Million a