Soil Association: Partnership to certify organic exports to China
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Soil Association Certification and China’s organic certification body, Organic Food Development Centre (OFDC), have entered into a partnership that makes it cheaper and simpler for the UK’s organic businesses to export to China, the Soil Association reports. Demand for organic products in China is growing rapidly, with the market estimated to be worth USD7.8bn (€5.6bn) by 2015 (Source: BioFach China). The partnership will allow Chinese organic consumers to access more UK organic produce, as well as enabling UK Soil Association certified organic businesses, who saw strong growth of 6% in 2013, to export to this major market.
The new partnership is part of the Soil Association Certification’s Export Support Programme, where experts are working with international governments, trade associations, export agencies and certification bodies in different markets, working to open up new business opportunities for Soil Association certified organic businesses. The formation of this partnership was supported by the Regional City Engagement team at the British Embassy in Beijing, and the Department for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra) in the UK. More information is available from www.sacert.org and www.soilassociation.org
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