Market valued at 5.5b euros by end of 2015, 2nd largest market in Europe with growth of +10%. According to Agence Bio, the French organic market grew by 14.7 % from 2014 to 2015. During the same period organic land area increased by 23%
According to Agencie Bio, the 1st half on 2017 , organic food and drink value grew by 14% to just under 7 Billion Euros. Milk and produce product growth slowed due to difficult climatic conditions in 2016-17, however, both meat & egg (+14%) and wine (+15%) saw good growth.
Approx 50% of organic sales are sold through independent stores, including exclusively organic chains, such as Biocoop, Naturalia and La Vie Claire. There is also a well supported, government backed action plan for organic - 'Ambition Bio 2017'
Consumer Preferences & Channels
The 1st half on 2017 saw growth of 18% in larger format retail and stands at +272 million Euros. Growth in fruit and veg => +20% , grocery grew by +24% and drinks +33%. In the same period, independent an specialist retails grew by +12% +150 million Euros.
In 2015 almost 9 out of 10 French are consuming organic products, of which 6 out of 10 is at least once a month: organic consumption is anchored in French people’s habits. 76% of organic produce consumed is made in France.
Top-selling products in 2015 were dry grocery products- canned fruit and vegetables, and oils (21.2 % of the organic market, EUR 848 million), milk, dairy products and eggs (20.5 %, EUR 822 million), and fruit and vegetables (16.5 %, EUR 661 million).
Come under the control of EU regulation. Any food product sold as 'organic' falls under the EU regulations 834/2007 and 889/2008. This means that the product must have been produced to these regulations and inspected and certified by a registered EU certification body. Currently non-foods (e.g textiles and health & beauty products) are not covered by the scope of this regulation.
Agence BIO's 12th international seminar on organic farming will take place at Espace du Centenaire (Maison de la RATP, 189 rue de Bercy, Paris, métro Gare de Lyon) on Tuesday, 28th February 2017. An opportunity to discuss the state of organic markets, the motivations of consumers and the means of communication in different countries. Find out more
Natexpo - 22nd/24th October - Paris. NATEXPO is the trade show for organic and eco-friendly products and dietary supplements and is France’s most compelling oragnic an natuarl B to B event. Find out more.
Emma's Corner - www.emmas-corner.fr
Nature & Expression - www.nature-expression.com
Alterfoods - www.alterfood.fr
Sources & Links to Further Info
Key gov. trade agency- http://www.agencebio.org/
National Union of organic enterprises – http://www.synabio.com/
National Federation of Farming - www.fnab.org