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Study of the market for organic vegetables

Anon, (2006) Study of the market for organic vegetables. Henry Doubleday Research Association.

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Online at: http://www.gardenorganic.org.uk/organicveg/research/show_project.php?id=4

Summary

Aims:
* To quantify the balance between UK demand and supply for the main organic vegetable crops and discover levels of UK market share
* To identify opportunities for UK growers
* To provide a clearer picture of the market for growers, marketers and policy makers
* To enable monitoring of progress towards national targets
Background:
During the late 1990s and early 2000s the organic vegetable market in the UK was reported to be growing at an average of 30 per cent per annum. However by 2002-03 growth has begun to slow to about 20 per cent per year. The market had also started to stabilise with less peaks and troughs in supply, better relationships in the supply chain, much less speculative growing and UK self-sufficiently rose to 59 per cent. Yet competition increased and downward pressure on prices, particularly in the pre-pack sector, began. This competition encouraged continuation of rationalisation in the supply chain with both supermarkets and packers dealing with fewer growers/suppliers.
Approaches:
Data on volumes and values of organic vegetables traded, and their source, is collected from organic packers and wholesalers at the end of the marketing season. Follow up telephone interviews are performed with key players in the market. Quantities marketed directly are estimated from knowledge of crop areas, typical yields and other published information. This data is then complied, collated and checked on an individual market sector and on a crop-by-crop basis. Data is then evaluated and interpreted in conjunction with sub-contractors. Conclusions are drawn and future trends and opportunities identified for UK produce.
Dissemination:
Results are described and analysed in a comprehensive report produced and available from HDRA. Additionally, findings are summarised in the Soil Association’s annual market report. The information is also disseminated at open days, workshops, conferences and through technical articles in the farming press and publications in scientific journals and an interactive website.
A series of annual reports on the UK Organic Vegetable Market are available for download from the project website.


EPrint Type:Report
Type of Facility:Other
Other Type:N/a
Keywords:vegetables, crops, markets, demand and supply, supply chain, food networks, knowledge transfer
Subjects: Food systems > Markets and trade
Crop husbandry > Production systems > Vegetables
Knowledge management > Education, extension and communication > Technology transfer
Research affiliation: UK > Garden Organic (HDRA)
UK > Organic Research Centre (ORC) - Elm Farm
UK > Other organizations
UK > Univ. Aberystwyth > Institute for Biological, Environmental and Rural Sciences (IBERS)
Research funders: UK > Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (DEFRA)
Related Links:http://www.gardenorganic.org.uk/organicveg/research/show_project.php?id=4
Project ID:OF0342
Start Date:1 June 2003
End Date:31 May 2006
Deposited By: Defra, R&D Organic Programme
ID Code:6598
Deposited On:22 Mar 2006
Last Modified:12 Apr 2010 07:32
Document Language:English
Status:Published
Refereed:Not peer-reviewed

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