For the seventh consecutive year, organic food and drink sales in the UK have continued to rise. The organic market in the UK has seen another increase of 4 percent as consumers continue to become more health conscious. Despite Europe’s unusually hot summer sales in the food segment has continued to climb and are now worth a record $4.3 billion.
According to Nielsen data supermarket shopper's in the UK spent $2.9 billion on organic food and beverages in the 52 weeks to the end of June. Organic fresh produce saw an increase of 5.3 percent followed by the organic dairy segment that saw an increase of 3.5 percent.
“We know that interest in organic food has been growing in recent years and it’s great to see that farmers continue to be rewarded for growing food as it should be, with no artificial additives, fewer pesticides, no GM and with the highest standards of animal welfare. Sales in 2018 are continuing to grow although all UK agricultural businesses are suffering from the unprecedented drought and heat which has affected large parts of the globe,” said Liz Bowles, Soil Association’s head of farming.
The Soil Association Certification who certify over 70 percent of all organic products sold in the UK. The Association has said that last year alone they had approved over 3000 new organic products and producers.
This year has seen an increase in larger brands entering the organic market. Red Bull recently launched a new organic beverage while Coca-Cola’s introduced its Honest Kids Organic Juice range.