Danish organic exports exceed all expectations
New figures from Statistics Denmark reveal that 2015 was another record year for Danish organic exports. From 2014 to 2015, exports of Danish organic products rose by 15% and now account for DKK 2 billion of sales.
Danish organic products are a hit outside Denmark, as shown by the export figures just published by Statistics Denmark. Exports of Danish organic products increased by 15% between 2014 and 2015 and are now valued at DKK 1,982 million. In 2014, the figure was DKK 1,721 million, and exports of organic products have doubled since 2011.
Danish organic products are proving particularly popular in Germany. No less than 38% of total exports go to Germany, which buys DKK 758 million of products per year. Sweden is also a significant importer: exports have risen from DKK 295 million in 2014 to DKK 397 million in 2015, and now account for 20% of total exports.
“In the past few years, we’ve seen exports of Danish organic products continue to rise,” says Mette Gammicchia, from the Danish Agriculture and Food Council. “Other countries, particularly our neighbouring countries, have acquired a strong liking for Danish organic products, which is to be welcomed, particularly as it provides an opportunity to reach many more consumers, who are prepared to pay extra for organic products.”
Organic dairy products and eggs are the greatest successes. In 2015, Denmark exported dairy products and eggs to the value of DKK 734 million, which accounted for 37% of total exports. Added to which is a very significant increase in the export of infant formula milk valued at DKK 267 million. Exports of organic fruit and vegetables also rose in 2015 and now account for 14% of total exports, while organic meat and meat products account for 12%.
“Danish organic fruit and vegetables have really taken off abroad, particularly in Sweden,” says Mette.
Nevertheless, the Danish Agriculture and Food Council believes that there remains a need to cultivate new markets.
“It’s already clear that this year, organic exports to China have trebled delivering DKK 240m of sales. We expect that over the next few years, we will see exports to China increase and new markets for organic products open up in Asia and the Middle East.” says Mette. who points out that organic exports benefit from the fact that Denmark has a highly reliable and unique organic control system run by the authorities.
“Confidence in the control of Danish organic production is generally very high, particularly in Asia and the Middle East, but also in countries within the EU where private control bodies are used in many countries,”.
The Danish Agriculture and Food Council expects organic exports to total DKK 3 billion by 2020, which corresponds to an increase of around 10% per year.
“We anticipate major, planned increases within organic milk, pigs and the poultry sector – both eggs and broilers. DAFC is firmly focussed on exports over the years ahead, both in relation to the retail sector and food service. And this applies both to our neighbouring countries and to countries in Asia and the Middle East,” says Mette Gammicchia.