The export of Danish organic products has once again set a record, said Organic Denmark/Økologisk Landsforening in December. Exports from the smallest of the Scandinavian countries reached in 2015 approximately 270 million EUR, an increase of 15 percent compared to the year before, reports Statistics Denmark. Organic Denmark raised estimates for Danish organic exports to 470 million EUR in 2020.
Germany, the only country that connects Denmark with the inland, is the largest export market for Danish organic companies followed by Sweden, where demand for Danish organic goods rose significantly to 35 percent in 2015. At the same time, exports to China have tripled and thus is now the third-largest export country.
Organic breast milk substitute from the Danish dairy company Arla to China is responsible for the largest part of the growth in the period while organic fruit, vegetables, and meat also increased significantly.
Growing export of organics creates green growth
The large foreign demand for Danish organics is driving growth and job creation in the green sector in Denmark.
Danish farmers are reacting to the market and are converting to organics with record speed. However, the rising import of organic fruit and vegetables reveals that Danish agriculture in this area lacks behind with the conversion," said Helene Birk, international marketing director at Organic Denmark. The Danish import of organic products also rose in 2015 – with 24 percent growth.
"Danish organics are very popular on the nearest export markets such as Germany and Sweden, but sales are also increasing in markets from China to Dubai," said Ms. Birk.
"Demand for organics is on the rise globally, and more and more retail chains and wholesalers are turning their eyes towards Denmark. There is a lot of interest in how we have achieved the highest organic market share in retail, and our organic companies create interest with intensive product development and decades-long experience with organics.