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Germans eat much more organic food; opportunities for Dutch exports

Last year, Germans ate almost a quarter more organic food, buying organic food worth nearly 15 billion euros. Germany itself is a large producer of organic food, but according to Dutch agricultural experts there is still enough market for imported Dutch organic food.

The share of organic farmland in Germany increased by 5% last year and 35,000 producers work around 1.7 million hectares. Of all German agriculture, 10% consists of organic agriculture. In the Netherlands, organic agricultural land makes up almost 4% of the total agricultural land.

For Dutch producers, there are mainly opportunities in the south of Germany, say agricultural consultants from the Dutch embassy in Berlin. In the south, with organic supermarket chains such as Alnatura, Dennree, Basic and ebl-naturkost, four of the top 5 largest organic supermarket chains can be found.

In 2020, Germans spent 22% more on organic food. The turnover of organic products increased twice as much as the total food retail. Every year, an average of 144 euros per person is spent on organic products in Germany. That is almost double the EU average.

Remarkable is the turnover growth of “other stores” with a plus of 35% in 2020. This includes health food stores, country stores, web stores and weekly markets. The Corona pandemic caused a lot of movement here. For example, sales of organic vegetable subscriptions increased by nearly 50%.

Organic farming plays an important role in German food and agri policy. The Farm-to-Fork strategy of the EU with 25% share of organic farming until 2030 is a rather ambitious goal even for Germany.

In the current coalition agreement of CDU / CSU and SPD, it has been decided to cultivate 20% of the agricultural area organically until 2030. But later this year, there will be Bundestag elections, and the CDU and SPD are still bickering over funding for a sweeping agricultural reform. According to opinion polls, there is a good chance that Die Grünen will become the government party in the autumn.

What will be laid down in a new coalition agreement and how the Farm-to-Fork strategy will be realized in Germany is still negotiable, but will in any case have to meet the EU-F2F criteria.

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