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Retailers lose their grip on rising organic sales

by 5m Editor
15 November 2005, at 12:00am

UK - Supermarkets are losing their grip on the organics market, figures from the Soil Association&#39;s latest annual report show. With total organic sales growing by £2.3m each week, the multiple retailers saw their share of the market slip from 81% to 75% during 2004. The whole market is now worth more than £1.2bn a year, 11% more than in 2003. At least £300m of that total is channelled through farm shops, farmers’ market and box schemes. This part of the sector saw sales mushroom by 33% this year, while independent shops increased their organic sales by 43%. Patrick Holden, director of the Soil Association, said: “This report shows that the popularity of organic food is growing steadily and the organic market has a bright future. “Increasing numbers of people are eager to buy local to obtain the freshest organic food possible and to cut down on the environmental pollution caused by &#39;food miles&#39;, which is good news for small local producers.” <i>Source: FWi</i>

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