This year’s Natexpo event in Paris will place a particular focus on the increasingly valuable organic food service sector, the event organiser says.
With an average of 7 out of 10 French consumers interested in an organic out-of-home food offering, organic food and drink in catering is currently enjoying strong growth.
The French would most like to see organic food served in school canteens, with 85% of households with children indicating their interest. Meanwhile, 78% of French people want to see organic served in restaurants, 76% in hospitals and 74% in retirement homes.
In response to this rising demand, 45% of commercial food service outlets in France surveyed in mid-2018 declared that their offer included organic products (Source: Agence Bio, 2019).
The market for organic products served in out-of-home catering is estimated to be worth €452 million (based on 2017 data), comprising €246 million in collective catering (up 7% on 2016) and €206 million in commercial food service (+13% vs 2016). And market potential is far from exhausted.
To maximise the organic food service opportunity, Natexpo is putting the category front and centre of this year’s show (20-22 October Paris Nord Villepinte Exhibition Centre) by launching a special Catering Visitor Trail.
Other features for 2019 will include:
- Special catering visitor trail
- Cookery workshops,
- Business meetings organised throughout the show,
- Dedicated frozen food itinerary
- Regional focus forums
Natexpo 2019 will feature around 1,000 exhibitors, representing of parts of the organic supply chain – producers, manufacturers, processors, retailers and industry specialists from France and around the world.