Organic sales are approx. 550m euros and growing steadily. Organic market growth is at 18 %, and organic market share is 2.7 %,
Production is also increasing with 5,1 % in number of farmers and 3 % in acreage. The increase is in both regions but in Wallonie the sector is far more important than in Flanders: more than 10 % of the farmers is organic on ; in Flanders only 1.5 % is organic on 0.9% of the total acreage.As with Germany, organic conversion in dairy is high due to low prices in conventional. The volume of organic milk is expected to double in the next two years.
Consumer Preferences & Channels
Distribution comprises general retailers (44.4 %), discounters such as Aldi and Lidl (4.2 %), local groceries (11.5 %), farmers’ markets (4.3 %), specialised organic shops (31.5 %) and farm stores, vegetable boxes and direct selling (4.1 %). Harddiscount (Aldi, Lidl) are the fastest growing organic retailers in 2015.Market share for fresh organic products is 1.9 %, and for all organic products it is 1.5 %. Top-selling products are: Meat substitutes (24.5 % of all meat substitutes), eggs (8.9 %), and vegetables (5 %).
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.
Most organic products bear the Belgian label Biogarantie. This is a private label that has existed for more than 30 years and is owned by the non-profit organisation Biogarantie vzw
There are quite a lot of foreign organic products on the Belgian market, with one or more labels.In Belgium, the best known labels are the EKO logo from the Netherlands, the Agriculture Biologique (AB) logo from France, and the German labels.
Sources & Links to Further Info
Biogarantie, owner of private Belgian organic logo