ORGANIC MARKET ON THE UP
There was a 6 per cent growth in the UK’s organic market last year, and the sector is now worth £ 2.2 billion, according to The Soil Association. It said the market has now had six years of steady growth, with organic accounting for 1.5% of the total UK food and drink market.
2017 saw sales of organic in independent retail grow by 9.7%, and in home delivery by 9.5%, with almost 30% of all organic sales now taking place online or on the high street. Supermarket sales of organic have also continued to increase, rising by 4.2%, while non organic sales increased by just over 2%.
At the other end of the scale, however, a study showed that people in the UK were shown to eat more ultra-processed foods than any other country in Europe. Meanwhile, a link between highly processed foods and cancer has been suggested by French researchers. The results show that a 10 per cent increase in the proportion of ultra-processed foods in the diet was associated with increases of 12 per cent in the risk of cancer.