EU mar­ket for or­ganic foods now

Irish Examiner - Farming - - COVER STORY -

Is there a mar­ket for or­ganic food?

Yes, and the head­line fig­ures cer­tainly sug­gest or­gan­ics is grow­ing. Year-on-year growth is strong in Ire­land, with the mar­ket up from about €100m in 2014 to €200m to­day. En­cour­ag­ingly, there never was a re­ces­sion-re­lated dip in the or­ganic mar­ket in Europe. The EU mar­ket is now worth over €30bn, with par­tic­u­larly strong and grow­ing mar­kets in Ger­many and France worth over half of that.

How do the or­ganic farm­ing sec­tors per­form fi­nan­cially and other­wise, sec­tor by sec­tor? Beef: usu­ally or­ganic farm­ers over €4.50 per kg, ap­proach­ing €5 per kg sea­son­ally. On the other hand, the cost of or­ganic con­cen­trate feeds is €550 per tonne.

Milk: the price per litre to farm­ers aver­ages 49c (60c for win­ter milk, 34c for sum­mer milk).

Milk yield is typ­i­cally about 6000 litres per year. Glenisk and the Lit­tle Milk Com­pany are the main play­ers in the mar­ket.

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