According to the latest figures from Statistic Denmark, exports of Danish organic products have once again reached new records. Regardless of the pandemic, Danish organic producers want to continue this trend and grow further abroad.
Organic Denmark will present itself to the international trade public at the eSpecial of the world’s leading trade fair for organic food, Biofach 2021, from 17 to 19 February 2021. In addition, the organisation and its co-exhibitors have created their own virtual platform at www.denmarkespecial.com, where they offer numerous information and dialogue opportunities on companies, products and concepts.
Denmark was the first country in the world to achieve an organic market share of over ten percent. In 2019, it was 12.1 per cent. Organic products from Denmark are also increasingly in demand internationally. With a total increase of over four per cent compared to the previous year, they reached a new high of over 403 million euros in 2019. The main buyers are neighbouring countries, of which Germany is the largest export market for Danish organic companies, accounting for 40% of total exports. This is followed by Sweden (13%), the Netherlands (8%), China (7%) and France (6%).
The most popular exported organic product category is dairy products, including eggs, with a total export rate of 39 per cent. The largest jump of 52 percent was made by the product group “other foodstuffs”, which includes, for example, milk powder and infant formula. The growth is due to increased sales in a brand new market in Indonesia as well as large increases in existing markets in China, the United States, Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates.
“We see that innovative advanced products are helping to drive the organic market forward. In order to develop organic products in new categories, good basic products must already be available. Denmark has built up this basis over the past 30 years,” says Pernille Bundgård, International Market Director at Organic Denmark. “The Danish organic market has great potential for the coming years. The trend is towards a wider choice and more specialised products, for example in drinks, snacks and plant-based products. These are some of the categories for which we see growing demand in neighbouring and also more distant markets in the coming years,” says Bundgård. “We will discuss with interested parties from industry, food service and grocery which concepts can be implemented in the individual markets to achieve high added value through sustainable and organic products. Our doors are open for this in numerous formats around Biofach.”
Organic Denmark is an independent Danish trade association for organic producers, farmers and consumers. With more than 200 members, it represents more than 90 percent of the value added in the organic food industry in Denmark and is supported by state funds. The aim of the association is to increase the market share of organic food and to present the diversity and innovation of Danish organic products nationally and internationally.
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