UK organic market now worth a record £3.05 billion, Soil Association 2022 Organic Market Report published reveals. Despite Brexit and Covid-19 situations, organic market sales grow by 5.2%, marking the tenth consecutive year of growth. It confirms continued strong performance across all areas of retail, including supermarket home delivery services (+2.4%), independent retailers (+9%) and foodservice (+3.3%), the report proves.

Soil Association 2022 Organic Market Report

Soil Association‘s annual Organic Market Report 2022 shows that in 2021 organic saw 5.2% growth, with almost £60 million being spend weekly on organic food and drink. Organic’s continuing strong performance in 2021 helped move its share of total food sales to 1.8% (up from 1.6% in 2020).

The strongest growth in 2021 came from beers, wines and spirits (16.9%) and baby food and drink (16.1%). As for the leading organic categories for supermarkets, dairy up by 0.7%, reaching almost £500 million; produce up 1.8%, sitting at £437 million; ambient grocery down 6.2%, at £315 million; and meat, fish and poultry now at £202 million after a rise of 5.5%. These overall top four categories make up 74% of sales.

In 2021 organic saw 5.2% growth, with almost £60 million being spend weekly on organic food and drink

Non-food categories also showed continued strong growth in 2021. Sales of organic and natural beauty products grew by 15% in 2021 to reach 135 million pounds. Soil Association certified organic textiles grew by 39% to reach a value of over £68 million.

Home delivery and online sales

Home delivery –including box schemes and online– was the standout performer as for retail channels, growing at 13% (to be worth £558 million). Report admits ‘another mixed year’ for independent retailers, which grew by 9% to be worth £447, partly due to the expansion of specialist chains. Supermarket growth was slower at 2.4%, but more pronounced compared to the negative growth recorded in the same period for conventional food (0.2%). However, growth in organic food services was rather weak at 3.3%.

Home delivery was the standout performer as for retail channels, growing at 13%

Awarness rising

In terms of organic farmland, there was a 12% increase in the area of land being converted to organic, while the total area of land farmed organically remained “largely flat” at 0.8%. Despite that, the data collected also show optimistic figures on consumer patterns. 71% of consumers have become more concerned about the environment since the pandemic, 86% want food produced in more natural ways, and 56% of shoppers are concerned about the impact of food packaging on the environment.

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