Organic Food: Opportunities for the Region

The world market for fresh and processed organic foods is one of the most dynamic today, with coffee, vegetables and tropical fruits being some of the products with the greatest business opportunities.

Monday, February 3, 2020

According to a study prepared by the Promotora de Comercio Exterior (Procomer), Switzerland is the market where the highest expenditure on organic food per person is reported, since it is estimated that consumption amounts to $325 per capita per year.

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It is followed by Denmark with $314, Sweden with $267, Luxembourg with $229, Austria with $221 and Liechtenstein with $193. In the case of the USA, Germany and France, the expenditure per person amounts to about $138, $137 and $133, respectively.

The study explains that "... Coffee: in 2017, more than 890,000 hectares of coffee were organic, that is, 8.1% of the world's harvested coffee area. Mexico is positioned as one of the largest producers, followed by Ethiopia and Peru.

Vegetables: organic vegetable production reached 676 thousand ha, which represents 1% of the total vegetables and plants planted worldwide. They presented an average annual growth rate of 15% since 2004. China, Mexico, United States, Italy and France are positioned as the countries with the largest areas of organic vegetables.

Tropical and subtropical fruits: the area registered as organic is 380,000 ha, 1.5% of the total area planted worldwide. Mexico is positioned as the country with the largest area planted, followed by the Dominican Republic and Turkey. The Dominican Republic has a high proportion of organic bananas with respect to the total number of bananas planted, in the case of Mexico are avocados and mangos. Costa Rica reports 4,780 ha of organic tropical and subtropical fruits, 4.5% of the total planted of these products.

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