The 2017 Organic Market Report, launched by the Soil Association in February, reveals that the UK organic market is in its fifth year of strong growth. It is now worth £2.09 billion, putting it back over the £2-billion mark for the first time since the recession. Total sales of organic increased by 7.1% in 2016, while non-organic sales continued to decline.
The SA’s Clare McDermott says, “It’s a positive time for organic as it ticks lots of boxes for consumers. Organic is extremely relevant for trends towards eating better food, knowing where your food comes from, avoiding pesticides or antibiotics and ‘free from’ diets. Increasingly, we’re seeing consumers choose organic as a shortcut to a healthy lifestyle and this will continue.” Organic farming in the UK remains buoyant, with the number of farmers applying for Soil Association Certification up 13.5%.
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