At the beginning of the 90s in Switzerland (7.4 million inhabitants) there were approximately a dozen organic food wholesalers.
The UK market for organic food & drink is the third largest in the world, valued at EUR 1.85 billion in 2004.
The UK organic food industry enjoyed exceptionally high growth rates between the mid 1990s and 2002.
Like other sectors of the British organic food industry, the wholesale structure has undergone rationalisation in recent years.
Greenplanet natural network was established in October 1995 by Proscenio, a no-profit association whose aim was promotion of a sustainable culture.
The Iberian Peninsula covers 505,988 sq km and has a population of 44.1 million inhabitants.
The whole food wholesale trade presents a very varied picture in France - very big general wholesalers operating nationally next to small specialists and regional players.
Portugal is located in South-West Europe and has a coastline of around 800 km, occupying one fifth of the Iberian Peninsula that it shares with Spain.
In Italy the wholesale trade with fresh products, in particular fruit and vegetables, milk and milk products, cheese and bread, is carried out mainly by specialist traders or the producers themselves.
The Czech retail sector has dramatically changed during the last 10 years.
They were regarded with suspicion by the customs officers. 'We felt as if we were importing drugs.'
There were 116 certified organic processors at the end of 2004.
The major routes through Athens are dominated by the smell of exhaust fumes and by noise.
The marketing structure of organic products has gained a new profile over the last five years.
At the end of the 1990s, the significance of domestic processing of organic products in Hungary increased dramatically.
About 90 % of organic products produced in Hungary are exported.
In 2004, the market increased by 50 % (the year before by 16.6 %) and reached a total turnover of 9 million Euros.
The organic pioneer Jos Kamphuys found the inspiration for EkoPlaza abroad in the large scale organic and natural food stores.
Since the beginning of the nineties, Coop Switzerland has been playing a bigger and bigger role in marketing organic products.