Nuremberg, Germany (dpa) – Germany’s organic food market was given a boost during the coronavirus pandemic, with data released on Wednesday showing a rise in sales of over 20 per cent to reach almost 15 billion euros (18 billion dollars).
German Agriculture Minister Julia Kloeckner hailed the result as a record on opening the Biofach trade fair, billed as the organic food industry’s biggest gathering worldwide. It is being held this year online.
According to Kloeckner, the proportion of agricultural land used for organic farming in Germany has been consistently growing and now stands at around 10 per cent.
The minister’s goal is to reach 20 per cent by 2030.
Around 1,400 exhibitors from over 80 countries are to present their businesses to Biofach and its sister event Vivaness, which brings together the organic cosmetics industry.
Organizers say the hot trends this year are meat substitutes, food with reduced or no sugar, sustainable packaging concepts and environmentally friendly beauty products made without water.
According to the BOeLW association for organic produce, the pandemic reinforced a desire for healthy food produced in an environmentally friendly way.