The UK organic market has reached its highest level of growth in 15 years, seeing a rise of approximately 12.6 per cent, for a worth of £2.79 billion. This was revealed in the Soil Association’s Organic Market Report 2021, which reported on the rise during the course of 2020.
The market has now reached its highest growth rate in 15 years, outperforming growth in the non-organic sector. This is the highest year on year growth rate in the organic market since 2005, with a tenth consecutive year of growth.
Finn Cottle, Trade Consultant at Soil Association Certification, stated: “The unprecedented crisis of 2020 has brought immense challenges across the entire food supply chain – not least for organic businesses. So, it’s significant that in times of crisis, people are turning to organic products for the assurance of transparency, integrity and quality they provide. Organic is now rightfully recognised as the cornerstone of a resilient food and farming system and a vital part of the solution to the climate, nature and health crises.”
The report also made clear that almost one in four organic products were purchased online in 2020, and the organic online and home delivery channel reached close to £500 million, surpassing independent retailer sales for the first time.
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