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Scotland organic sales up 19.4%
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According to the Soil Association’s 2018 Organic Market Report (read also developments at the UK Market) sales of organic in Scotland were growing at a rate of 19.4% in 2017, and account for 6.5% of all UK sales.
Scotland-based Soil Association licensees reported even bigger growth at 28%, with interest in organic buoyed by strong government support through the Organic Ambitions plan, which is helping to raise public awareness. This strong growth looks set to continue, with 100% of Scottish independent retailers expecting organic sales to maintain or increase in 2018, says a release.
Isla McCulloch, Business Development Manager for Soil Association Scotland, said: “Consumer research we carried out last year showed very clearly that people want to see organic become more available, both when shopping and eating out, with half of the people we spoke to saying they would choose a restaurant with organic and sustainable credentials over one without. This approach reflects a growing understanding of what organic really means – for health and for the environment – and is also influencing shopping habits as people put increasing importance on provenance and trust, values that organic delivers on. It’s also increasingly seen as the healthy choice, so it ticks a lot of boxes for the customer.”
The UK organic market is now worth more than ever at £2.2 billion, growing 6% in 2017. The market has now had six years of steady growth, with organic accounting for 1.5% of the total UK food and drink market.