Organic products defy recession

ORGANIC sales continue to increase because consumers are buying more organic products for home consumption rather than spending on more expensive items such as cars and TVs according to Andre Leu Chair of the Organic Federation Australia.

“Market information from Australia, USA and Europe is showing a considerable increase in the sales of the types of organic products used to prepare meals, such as fruits, vegetables, dairy products, grains, bread and meat,” Andre said

OFA Director Catriona Macmillan stated, “Our members are telling us that sales have increased significantly. While there is some evidence of a slowing in sales of some of the more expensive packaged organic products, this is more than compensated by the increase in all the other lines.”

“The global recession had no impact on the world's largest organic trade show, Biofach in Germany,” Andre said.

“Several countries gave presentations on their organic sectors with the consistent message that sales continue to expand.”

“This data is consistent with the survey conducted by Newspoll that revealed that 61 per cent of Australian grocery buyers buy organic products,” Tim Marshall, Deputy Chair, stated

“The organic industry is emerging from a small niche to a significant part of the Australian food industry. A recent report showed that it is worth more than $600 million. When we add flow-on industries such as the compost industry that is worth more than $400 million it is easy to see that the organic industry is worth over a billion dollars to the Australian economy,” Andre Leu said.

“The organic industry offers all Australia governments a sunrise industry to generate jobs and much needed consumer spending as a positive economic stimulus in this recessionary environment.

“Governments need to partner with the Organic Federation of Australia to facilitate more farms, increase employment and expand the range of organic goods and services across all areas of Australia.”

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