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UK: Organic market report released

The 2009 market report for the UK has now been released by the Soil Association, showing that UK sales of organic products increased overall by 1.7% in 2008 to over £2.1 billion growing strongly in the first six to nine months and then falling back in the face of the economic downturn in late 2008 and early 2009.


Further key results of the Soil Association's report are are:

  • Ninety per cent of UK households buy organic products;
  • Dairy products account for 29.5% of spending; fresh fruit and vegetables for 26.2%; red meat and poultry for 8.9%; beverages for 8.6%.
  • Sales of organic cotton increased by 40%; total UK sales of organic clothing and textiles reached £100 million.
  • Sales of organic health and beauty products increased by 69% to £27 million.
  • Sales through multiple retailers increased by 1.8% to £1.54 billion; sales through independent retailers are up 1.4% to £568 million. 

The report's summary as well as the full report can be downloaded from the Soil Associations' homepage.



Full report 2009

Summary of the 2009 report


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