The appetite of French for organic products does not weaken, to the point of creating situations of shortage.
The French spent 500 million euros more in the first half of 2017 compared to the same period in 2016, more than 14% according to figures published by Agence Bio .
In 2016, the organic market represented 7 billion euros. According to the Agency, nearly 9 out of 10 French people say that they have consumed “bio” at least once in 2016, and 69% say they eat at least once a month.
The number of new French organic producers, processors and distributors increased by 4340 to reach 51,500. 71% of organic products consumed in France are already produced in France .
The French are committed to agriculture that respects the environment and animals, which is reflected in the polls and procurement: 82% of French people attach importance to the development of organic farming . Ten years ago, 67% of the French population attached importance to the preservation of the environment in their purchasing decisions, compared to 89% in 2015 and 92% in 2017.
However, the success of organic products in France has consequences for certain products: the meat, eggs, wine and milk sectors are struggling to meet demand. And adverse weather conditions have weakened dairy and vegetable production. In addition, distributors’ margins are still considered too high , which hampers the democratization of organic products.