Organic Market 2017 report shows growth
Just in case you missed it, our 2017 Organic Market Report revealed a +7.1% growth of organic food and drink in the UK. This is the fifth consecutive year of sales growth for organic products, while the non-organic market continues to decline. The catering sector is leading the way in driving up the standards of food served outside of the home and responding to the demand for better food.
The report, launched on the 21st February, details a 66% increase in sales of organic through the Food for Life Catering Mark, with £15 million now spent each year by award holders on organic products.
“The spend on organic through the Food for Life Catering Mark is hugely encouraging, and we are actively supporting caterers and foodservice by improving links throughout the supply chain through the Catering Mark Supplier Scheme. There are clear opportunities for all involved, as more people search out British, local and organic produce,” explains Catering Mark Manager, Rich Watts.
Over one third of UK schools serve Soil Association Food for Life Catering Mark Silver or Gold meals and over 1 million meals served every working day meet Silver or Gold award level. Sales of organic across the wider foodservice sector, including high street, have grown even further and are now valued at an impressive £76.6 million.
According to Catering Mark Supply Chain Manager, Lee Holdstock, looking further afield to Scandinavia shows just how much opportunity exists for further growth in foodservice:
“We need look no further than Denmark, where the government is aiming for 60% of public sector catering to be organic by 2020. Sweden, too, has impressive targets, with its' sights on 100% organic public sector supply in its' three largest cities by 2020”.