USDA: good prospects for US organic exports in the EU (IT)


The USDA has published a report on the prospects for US organic exports in the EU. There is a growing demand for organic food in the EU, and this offers the opportunity for the US to export a significant amount of products to the EU, from berries to asparagus, but also sweet potatoes and nuts such as hazelnuts, almonds, walnuts and pistachios, followed by pears, apples, grapefruits, cherries and carrots. To date, the United Kingdom is the largest buyer of American organic products, although it is difficult to predict whether this record will remain after the Brexit. 

In 2018, the EU market for organic products increased by 18% to almost 41 billion euros. Germany and France are the largest players in the organic market in the EU. These two countries together represent more than half of the EU market. The entire organic market showed growth in 2018, with the exception of Italy. In 2018, almost 14 million hectares of European land was designated for organic cultivation. The largest growers are located in Spain, Italy, France and Germany.

The new lifestyle trend of wanting to live and eat more healthily means that large supermarket chains have included organic products in their regular assortment. As a result, these products have become available to a larger and growing public, in particular (childless) dual-income households, the elderly (50-75 year old) and trend-seekers. Consumers spend the most money on organic products in Sweden, Denmark, France and Germany.

The USDA report provides also information about the rules of the EU market and gives information on different issues, such as the BioFach, the world's largest organic trade fair, a fair offering a unique opportunity for both newcomers to the market and established companies to make new contacts and learn about the global organic market.

The report can be downloaded HERE

Source: USDA