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.