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Healthy organic growth in Finland

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Organic food sales in Finland increased by 24 % to € 202 m in 2012, according to the Finnish organic association Pro Luomu. Sales increased by 46 % in 2011 (from 2010). Growth is expected to slow to about 10% this year because of weak economic conditions, Organic Monitor reports.
 

Finnish food retailers generally offer between 1,500 and 2,000 organic products, of which about 60 % are domestically produced. Organics account for 1.6 % of total food sales in Finland. The most important organic product is milk, and there is growing demand for organic meat products too. In some product groups, such as eggs, the market share is close to 10 %. Organic beer in retail shops in Finland increased by over a third from July 2012 to June 2013. The large rise is because of the launch of organic beer by many Finnish breweries.

After many years lagging its Nordic neighbours, organic food sales have accelerated in Finland. Demand appears to be not keeping pace with supply, with many organic products imported from neighbouring countries. Questions hang over how long double-digit growth rates will continue and whether Finnish companies will continue to invest in organic food production. More information is available here.
 


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