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Eva Kjer Hansen opens the world’s largest organic food fair

Today, the Minister for Environment and Food opens the world’s largest organic food fair, BioFach, attended by more than 2,500 organic enterprises. Attendance at the Danish stand this year sets new records.

A record 49 Danish organic food companies are attending this year’s BioFach trade fair in Nuremburg. The joint Danish stand has everything from organic dairy products, eggs, meat and flour to raw-bars, drinks, jam and pickled beetroot.

The Danish Minister for Environment and Food, Eva Kjer Hansen, also joins the opening of BioFach in 2009, and she sees great potential for Danish organic producers to increase exports.

“Last time I visited BioFach, Denmark was organic country of the year, and 40 companies were exhibiting on the Danish stand. This year there are 49 Danish companies on the stand. There is a growing global market for organic food, and Danish companies are in a good position to conquer this market. Danish organic products have a strong brand and are known throughout the world for high quality, food safety, and product development. The Danish stand at BioFach allows a unique opportunity to present Danish organic products for the many buyers from international supermarket chains and wholesalers,” says Eva Kjer Hansen

In 2014 Danish exports amounted to DKK 1.7 bn., an increase of 12% compared with 2013.

Organic-business team on the way

The Minister for Environment and Food is holding the opening speech at the fair. During the spring an organic-business team will be set up. The team is part of the government’s Food and Agriculture Package and it will present specific visions and recommended initiatives that can strengthen competitive and market-driven development in the sector.

“The organic-business team will come up with new visions and present proposals for how organic exports can be increased. In addition to setting up an organic-business team, I’m also allocating DKK 90 mill. in the Food and Agriculture Package over a three-year period for initiatives to create growth in national and international sales, as well as more conversion to organic farming and organic kitchens,” says Eva Kjer Hansen

In March, the Minister for Environment and Food will be holding a round-table meeting with representatives from the organic sector. Among other things, the meeting will be discussing the work of the organic-business team.

The fair is being held for the 27th time this year in the south-German town of Nuremburg from 10-13 February 2016.

Facts:

Danish consumers lead the world in buying organic. 7.6% of all food sales in Denmark are organic.

In 2014, Denmark exported DKK 1.7 bn., an increase of 12% compared with 2013.
Primary exports are organic milk, eggs and cheese, amounting to DKK 51 mill. of total exports. 

Organic fruit and vegetables, and organic meat each account for 12% of exports. 

Organic exports are still primarily to nearby markets, but there is strong demand for Danish organic products from the growing Asian middle classes.

Further information:

Jonatan Lykke-Olesen, Press Secretary, Ministry of Environment and Food: tel.: +45 9359 7082, e-mail: jolyk@mfvm.dk


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