Organic food retail sales in Italy 2011-2017

From 2011 to 2017, retail sales of organic food in Italy increased steadily. In fact, after registering a value of 1.7 billion euros in 2011, sales of organic food peaked at approximately 3.1 billion euros in 2017. Consequentially, the value of retail sales of organic product per capita rose over the same period. Whereas 28 euros per capita were spent in Italy to buy organic food in 2011, this figure almost doubled by 2017.

Organic food’s export value in Italy also experienced an increase

In addition to the increase of the retail sales of organic food in Italy, the export value of these products from Italy also grew consistently from 2011 to 2017. Moreover, as the profitability of this sector rose, also the share of land area used for organic food experienced an increasing trend. In 2011, it accounted for about 8.6 percent of all land areas in Italy. This share almost doubled in 2017.

Most operators of the organic food sector are producers

As the land area used for organic food in Italy rose, so did the number of operators in the Italian organic food sector. In 2011, there were roughly six thousand operators. This figure was almost three times higher in 2017. Furthermore, data reveal that most of the Italian operators are producers rather than exporters.

Retail sales of organic food in Italy from 2011 to 2017

Retail sales in million euros
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Release date

August 2019



Survey time period

2011 to 2017

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