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Danish organic products growing strongly on foreign markets

Staff Writer |
Danish Ø-labelled organic products are booming on export markets. From 2014 to 2015, exports rose by 15%, and this trend should continue.

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A new survey confirmed that Danes can continue to boast that more people in Denmark buy organic products than anywhere else.

However, the world has also found a taste for organic products, and this is good for Danish exports.

The “Det Økologiske Spisemærke” label s a Danish invention that restaurants and other eateries can use to label how much on their menus is based on organic ingredients.

The restaurants that almost exclusively use organic products can embellish their walls with a gold label, while the Danish Veterinary and Food Administration issues silver and bronze labels to eateries with a slightly lower percentage of organic ingredients on their menus, although still a considerable proportion.

85% of Danish organic exports go to Europe. In 2015 Denmark exported organic products worth almost DKK 1.7 bn. In 2015, 39% of Danish organic exports went to Germany.

Danish organic exports to Asia tripled from 2014 to 2015, with exports of just over DKK 250 mill.

Denmark sells a higher percentage of organic food compared with total food sales than any other country in the world.

Denmark sells 8.4% organic compared with the second and third highest countries, Switzerland and Luxembourg, with an organic market share of 7.7% and 7.5%, respectively.

Last year, the Danish Government set up Europe’s first organic business team. This year, they will present their recommendations for how Denmark can achieve a stronger, market-driven organic sector.

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