UK organic food & drink market worth £2.33bn
The Soil Association’s Organic Market Report shows independent retailers benefited from a 6.2% growth in organic sales during 2018.
During the course of the year organic food and drink sales grew 5.3%across the board, making the market now worth £2.33bn – the highest valuation of the sector to date.
Compared to independent retailers, the supermarket sales of organic saw smaller growth of only 3.3%, while organic sales to foodservice grew almost 8% to £90.9 million.
Home delivery made up 14% of all organic sales through online shopping and veg box schemes. With a growth of 14.2%, home delivery is shown as the fastest growing route to market for organic food and drink. By 2023 this is estimated to account for a quarter of all organic food and drink sales.
Wines, canned food and packed groceries were among the categories that continue to drive growth in the organic market. However, it’s the chilled convenience sector, with products like tofu and fresh vegetarian products that saw sales grow by over 25%.
The Soil Association also say the food trends that are shaping the food industry as a whole are responsible for the growth in the organic food and drink market.