Bio Bank Report 2019: now available the 13th edition (IT)


Punctual as every year, the publication edited by Rosa Maria Bertino, Achille Mingozzi and Emanuele Mingozzi presents 68 pages full of data, information and infographics. In summary, the Bio Bank Report 2019 reports:

  • The trend in organic sales over the last ten years
  • The 2014-2018 trend of the number of organic activities for the 11 types monitored
  • The 2018 Italian leader Regions by absolute number and density
  • A punctual analysis of eight types of activities for food and three for cosmetics, also with historical data
  • Certification Bodies and production standards
  • An overview of reliable data sources on organic in Italy, in Europe, in the world.

The heart of the Report is the data analysis of 10,114 organic activities surveyed by Bio Bank in 2018. Cosmetics are always driving the growth with 1,070 activities compared to 926 in 2017 (+ 15.6%), while in the food sector activities fell from 9,075 to 9,044 (-0.3%). The turnover is significant: over 550 activities went out of the census, but the new entries are more than 650. The publication does not encompass the whole organic sector, but provides valuable data on the evolution of the Italian organic world to the sector and information operators.

The organic market 2009-2018

From 2009 to 2018, the Italian domestic market rose from 1.6 to 4.1 billion euros (+ 164%). In the last year the growth was 15.1%. Exports are also on the rise, from 1 to 2.3 billion euros: + 127% in ten years, + 10% in 2018. In a decade, sales in specialized organic channels (organic stores, canteens and different forms of direct sales) have almost doubled, while those of the other channels (above all supermarkets, but also traditional shops, herbalists, pharmacies and parapharmacies) have more than quadrupled. The market share, on the other hand, fell from 71 to 53% for specialized channels, while it rose from 29 to 47% for the other channels.

Organic activities trend 2014-2018

The five-year increase in the eight types of organic food activities included in the Report was slight: they were 8,811 in 2014, reaching 9,044 in 2018, marking a + 2.6%. The first two places confirm the organic food e-commerce sites (+ 56.3%) and restaurants (+ 36.5%). School canteens follow (+ 12.5%), and then markets (+ 6.8%), while specialized shops slowed down (+ 0.4%). Decreases concern holdings with direct sales (-1.6%), agritourisms (-5.6%) and fairtrade purchasing groups (-10.5%). On the contrary, the expansion phase of organic cosmetics continues: here activities have more than doubled in the last five years, as they were 458 in 2014, then risen to 1,070 in 2018, with an increase of 133.6%. Organic perfumeries are still in the lead, actually tripled, from 104 in 2014 to 304 in 2018 (+ 192.3%). E-commerce sites rose from 104 to 285 (+ 174%). The increase in natural and organic cosmetics and ecological detergents was also significant: it almost doubled, rising from 250 to 481 (+ 92.4%).

2018 leading Italian Regions

The Report confirms at the top the same Regions as in 2017: Lombardy, Emilia-Romagna and Tuscany, where 3,871 activities on the total of 10,114 concentrate, actually almost four out of ten. The same for the leading Italian Regions concerning density of activity per million inhabitants: they continue to be three regions of Central Italy: Marche, Umbria and Tuscany. Among the leading Regions in Italy only Tuscany is present in both classifications.

The Report (in Italian) can be consulted freely at the following  LINK

Source: Bio Bank