Denmark is one of Europe's pioneers in all things organic.
Although the majority of the people buying organic products in Denmark live in Copenhagen, it is at the moment in the smaller towns that the specialist organic trade is continuing to develop.
In 2004, there were 27 processors registered in the organic inspection system. Organic food processing /manufacturing started to develop only a few years ago in Slovenia.
Within a month of each other two new organic retail outlets have opened their doors to the public in the town of Alkmaar.
Both domestic and imported organic products are offered in Slovenian shops and local production, as well as imports, have been increasing constantly.
There are some 20 organic/health food shops in Slovenia, mostly situated in the capital Ljubljana, but also in other cities all over Slovenia.
On the occasion of the Agriculture Council discussion about the Commission’s proposal to revise the organic regulation, the IFOAM EU Group underlines that the organic movement does not tolerate GMO contamination of organic products.
More than a hundred guests were thrilled with the entertaining event in order to present the “Best of Bio Award” 2005.
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.