Organic food sales in Norway rise 16% in 2013 to 1.35B krone, with dairy and vegetables among biggest product groups, government says
March 21, 2014
(Esmerk News Feed)
– The Norwegian Agricultural Authority (SLF) reports that organic food sales in Norway rose by 16% in 2013 to NOK 1.35bn (EUR 161.60mn USD 222.69mn). The biggest product groups include dairy products and vegetables.
The strong growth has resulted in growing organic production. The biggest increase in 2013 was seen in egg production with 27,000 new organic laying hens. Organic eggs now stand for 6% of total egg sales. Other organic animal production that grew includes mutton and lamb up by 1,900 animals to 5% of production. Organic pig production rose 8% to a market share of
0.3% while a 12% rise was seen in organic beef production. Sales of organic fruits, berries and nuts rose 50%, but stands for a mere 1% of total fruit, berry and nut sales. Organic milk sales saw hardly any growth but of all cows milk sold 40% is organic.
The total amount of organic farmland in use in Norway reached 472,625,000 sq m in 2013, down 5.8% from 2012.