Alimentos OrgánicosFeb. 9, 2018
Unión Europea: Mercado de alimentos orgánicos supera los 35 mil millones de dólares
Beginning June 1, 2012, the US/European Union (EU) organic arrangement went into effect, meaning that organic food and agricultural products certified in the United States or EU could be labeled and sold as organic in either market, streamlining trade between the world’s two largest organic markets. Still, all products traded under the partnership must be shipped with an organic import certificate.
In 2016, the EU market for organic products went up by 15 percent reaching $35 billion. Germany and France are the largest organic markets in the EU, considerably larger than the third-largest market, the UK; together Germany and France represent over half of the EU-28 organic market. The growing demand for organics in the EU in combination with the partnership creates trade opportunities for U.S. exporters. The EU offers market potential for U.S. organic sweet potatoes, fresh produce, dried fruit and nuts, specialty grains, and processed products.U.S. exporters will compete primarily on quality and price but there are also good opportunities for innovative and premium products.Without question, U.S. companies are profiting from the long term growth of the EU organic market.
Unfortunately, official trade data covers just a fraction of traded organic products as organic-specific HS codes are limited and exist for only specific commodities. Existing HS codes include mostly organic fresh products like milk, fruits, and vegetables but not processed products or organic nuts, for example. Total tracked U.S. organic exports to the EU may have reached record levels of over $14 million in 2016, and even higher in 2017. But, the actual total U.S. exports of organic products to the EU are likely multiple times higher.
BioFach, the world’s largest organic trade show, offers a unique opportunity for both new-to-market players as well as established companies to meet new contacts, gather trade leads, and learn about the global organic market. BioFach 2018 will be held in Nuremburg Germany, February 14-17, 2018.As a USDA-endorsed show, the Foreign Agricultural Service Office of Agricultural Affairs (OAA), Berlin will be present at the show and available to assist with any questions.
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