Categories in which consumers purchase organic products regularly in Canada 2019

Vegetables and fruits were the food product categories in which Canadian consumers were most likely to purchase organic products regularly, according to a survey carried out by ProdegeMR in July 2019 - almost 40 percent of respondents stated that they regularly purchase organic fruit and/or vegetables. Eggs and milk were the next most popular categories in which to purchase organic products.

What makes a product organic?

Organic products are made using organic agricultural methods. This includes agricultural systems which do not use chemical fertilizers and pesticides, growth regulators and livestock feed additives. Organic agriculture works towards environmentally, socially and economically sustainable production. As of September 2018, 15 percent of survey respondents in Canada claimed that they only eat organic foods.

Canadians’ attitudes towards organic products

The price of organic products is one factor which is discouraging Canadians from purchasing them – over 54 percent of respondents stated in a recent survey that they would buy organic products if they were not so expensive. One third of consumers also thought that companies exaggerate organic claims. The share of Canadians purchasing organic products regularly has fluctuated in recent years and reached 21 percent in 2019.

Categories in which consumers purchase organic products regularly in Canada as of July 2019*

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Source

Release date

July 2019

Region

Canada

Survey time period

July 2019

Number of respondents

14,247 respondents

Method of interview

Online survey

Supplementary notes

*The question was phrased by the source as follows: "In which categories do you purchase organic products regularly? (multiple answers possible)"

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