Per capita sales of organic food in selected European countries 2017

In 2017, people in Germany spent on average 122 euros per capita on organic food. The highest organic food sales per capita were made in Switzerland with 289 euros in 2017. The per capita sales in the United Kingdom amounted only to 35 euros.

Organic food market in Europe

All countries in Europe, except for Belarus, Russia, Ukraine and Kosovo, had fully implemented legislation defining organic production standards. The entirety of Europe saw organic retail sales of approximately 37.3 billion euros in 2017. The market has been consistently growing since 2004 with a notable recent increase in growth starting in 2014. The German market was the biggest European market for organic products in 2017, with over ten billion euros in sales.

UK and Germany compared

Revenues in organic food and drinks sales in Germany and the United Kingdom (UK) have developed differently since 2008. Both markets saw a reduction in revenue in 2009. However, while the German market experienced a minor dent in its growth the UK market saw a sharp decline in the sales revenue of organic food and drinks for multiple years in a row. Only in 2017 did revenues in the UK surpass the revenues generated in 2008. The German market almost doubled in size during the time it took the UK market to recover.

Per capita revenue generated with the sales of organic food in selected European countries in 2017

Per capita revenue
Switzerland289
Denmark278
Sweden237
Luxembourg207
Austria196
Liechtenstein169
Germany122
France118
Norway80
Netherlands71
Belgium56
Finland56
Italy52
Ireland43
Spain41
United Kingdom35
Estonia32
Lithuania18
Latvia16
Czechia9
Poland6
Greece6
Ukraine1
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Sources

Release date

February 2019

Region

Europe

Survey time period

2017

Supplementary notes

Abbreviations: BÖLW = Bund Ökologische Lebensmittelwirtschaft (Federation of the Organic Food Industry), FiBL= Forschungsinstitut für biologischen Landbau (Research Institute of Organic Agriculture), ZMP = Zentrale Markt- und Preisberichtstelle (Central Market and Price Reporting Office)

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