The Canadian Organic Trade Association (COTA) the organic food and beverage market is estimated at $4.7 billion in 2017, up from $2.8 billion in 2012.
The organic market is estimated at 8.7% between 2012 and 2017. Over the same time period, the growth rate for the organic food and beverage market is at an estimated 8.4%.
Currently Canada tracks 65 organic imports and 17 organic exports – a subset of total organic trade. Tracked Canadian organic imports were valued at $637 million in 2016. Tracked exports are expected to reach $607 million by the end of 2017.
Consumer Preferences & Channels
Two-thirds of Canadian grocery shoppers are purchasing organics weekly. Albertan’s are most likely to be organic purchasers – 74% are buying organics weekly. Ontario continues to have the largest organic market in 2017, yet British Columbia continues to have higher organic sales per capita.
Little recent information is available on organic channels or RTM’s, although in 2013 COTA reported that multiple retailer (such as Loblaws, Wholefoods) accounted for 48% of the market, with Nautral Health Food store accounting 26.5% and Farmer - direct sale 11%. Wholefood were reported as capturing 40% of all organic sales in that year. Soya milk ($47M), Milk ($37M) , Yoghurt ($35M) and Cereals ($32M) were the leading organic product categories in 2012, with 58% buying something organic.
Products imported into Canada must meet the Canadian Organic Regime (COR). EU-COR equivalence will currently cover operators based in the UK by default, but approval is dependent on the product type and where the operator is located. Use of certain ingredients (e.g. sourced from outside the EU) may exempt equivalence.
Soil Association Certification continues to offer additional COR scheme certification to certain scopes.
UNFI Canada - www.unfi.ca/home
Left Coast Naturals - http://www.leftcoastnaturals.com/
Horizon - https://www.horizondistributors.com/
PSC Natural Foods - http://pscnaturalfoods.com/
Puresource - https://puresource.ca/
Corwin - http://corwindistribution.ca/
Ontario Natural Food Co - /www.onfc.ca
Canada Choice Wholesalers - http://cdnchoice.com/
Sources & Links to Further Info
IFOAM Global guide p. 256. http://www.fibl.org
The Canadian Organic Trade Association (COTA) are a key sourced of market insight and support in Canada