New Zealand: organic sector growing strongly (IT)


The New Zealand organic sector has grown by more than 11% per year since 2012, according to the 2016 “New Zealand Organic Market Report” just published.

The growth is being driven by consumer demand both domestically and overseas and follows a worldwide trend that is showing no signs of slowing. Organic fresh fruit, wine, dairy are the most requested products at domestic level, backed by a solid export sector that is diversifying into new markets, particularly Asia.

The domestic market for certified organic products is estimated at $217 million. Organic grocery sales through supermarkets have increased by 127% since 2012.

Organic product exports have increased by over 11% since 2012. Fresh fruit and vegetables account for  more than 45% of total exports. The value of organic pastoral exports has grown 45% since 2009. Organic wine exports continue to grow rapidly too.

Land area under organic horticulture has grown 128% since 2012, from 11.188 hectares to 25,476 hectares. Key horticultural crops are grapes, apples and kiwifruit.

Domestic organic milk sales are increasing rapidly. The first six months of 2015 saw organic milk having  a reported 5.8% of the total white milk category, with nearly all the growth in the milk market coming from organic milk sales.

The average size of organic pastoral farms has decreased from 346 hectares in 2012 to 192 hectares in 2015.

Download the Report HERE 

Source: Organic world/Organics Aotearoa New Zealand




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