Trends in European Food Consumption

The European Commission has published its study entitled "Eurobarometer" with information on European consumers.

Tuesday, September 4, 2012

A statement from the Costa Rican Trade Promotion Office (PROCOMER) reads:

The European Commission published last July the results of their study called "Eurobarometer" which contains general aspects about the European market, and also has information on the food consumption patterns of Europeans in its section on the safety and quality of food. This research involved more than 26,000 citizens from the European Union (EU), and determined that the quality and price of food is much more important than the food’s origin and brand. "The quality certifications are very important for buyers, and an increase has been detected in relation to the recognition of the different EU quality logos" the study authors said.

The research also found that 24% of the participants recognized the EU’s logo for organic products, which is a great achievement when one considers that this was released less than two years ago.

The study reflects the behavior that is consistent across all the countries of the EU, as even those where the price was the determining factor in this trend is away to make room for a growing demand for higher value-added products, such is the case of Germany (a market that is characterized by demanding lower prices) where it is expected that this change affects the entire supply chain of fresh produce.

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