In 2015 the market for organic products in Saudi Arabia was very small, but growing. The US Department of Agriculture’s GAIN report (2015) highlights organic products as having a high export potential.
Fibl statistics from 2012 (the latest available) list 79 organic farms in Saudi Arabia, but no domestically certified importers, exporters or processors.
Consumer Preferences & Channels
Euromonitor links growing demand for organic packaged products in Saudi Arabia with a consumer shift towards healthier eating.
It relates this to concerns about the rise in obesity-related illness in Saudi Arabia as well as social changes, such as: increasing Westernisation; further access to digital media; and more women entering the work force.
Education campaigns by the Government and manufacturers are promoting this shift in eating practices.
The Saudi Ministry of Agriculture (MOA) website lists.
The list of conditions & procedures for importing fresh organic food products into Saudi Arabia, and an unofficial translation of ‘The Standards and Controls of organic farming activity in Kingdom of Saudi Arabia’. Some further details on Saudi requirements are detailed on the Global Organic Trade website.
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Sources & Links to Further Info
The Saudi Organic Farming Association includes information on outlets of organic products http://sofa.org.sa/en/sale-outlets-of-organic-products/
Links including 2012 report on organic agriculture in Saudi Arabia http://www.saudi-organic.org.sa/pressdownload/?p=2&lng=en&page=1&downpage=1