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Results of an Organic Market and Stakeholder Survey about methods in processing of organic food

Richter, Toralf; Kampermann, Ivonne; Strassner, Carola and Borghoff, Lisa (2021) Results of an Organic Market and Stakeholder Survey about methods in processing of organic food. FiBL, Frick.

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The report provides a contribution to the development of the Code of Practice for food processors from a market actors and other stakeholders perspective about the acceptance of relevant methods in organic food processing.
For that purpose an Organic Market and Stakeholder Survey (OMSS) was conducted as part of the "ProOrg" project in spring 2021. It covered, among others, the importance of quality aspects in the selection of processing technologies, the acceptance of quality changes in organic food processing, and the acceptance and rejection of potential technologies for organic processing.
A total of 310 stakeholders took part in the online OMSS.
A central question was whether a Code of Practice (CoP) is welcomed among organic stakeholders including representatives of the organic food processing industry. According to the results of the survey two thirds of all respondents would welcome a CoP for organic food processors.
The food processing method can affect 1) the taste and 2) the nutritional content of the food. It also can have an impact on 3) the environment (e.g. water and energy consumption, CO2 emissions, etc.). Hence, the study authors wanted to gain insights how important the three aspects are in the decision process whether a certain method can be considered as suitable for organic food processing or not.
The results indicate that the relative importance of all quality aspects is high but varies depending on the food categories. In tendency, maintaining a high nutritional value is most important, while the influence on the sensory quality seems to be slightly less important for the choice of a processing technology. The relative importance varies between the tested food categories (food in general, staple foods, convenience foods, luxury foods), with the queried quality aspects being more important for staple foods for daily consumption than for luxury and convenience foods.

EPrint Type:Report
Keywords:Organic; Food Processing; Code of Conduct; Market survey
Agrovoc keywords:
food processing equipment -> food industry equipment
market research
code of practice -> regulations
Subjects: Food systems > Processing, packaging and transportation
Food systems > Markets and trade
Values, standards and certification
Values, standards and certification > Regulation
Research affiliation: European Union > CORE Organic Cofund > ProOrg
Deposited By: Unnamed user with email toralf.richter@fibl.org
ID Code:43537
Deposited On:07 Feb 2022 15:05
Last Modified:07 Feb 2022 15:05
Document Language:English
Refereed:Not peer-reviewed
Additional Publishing Information:The report ois part of the EU Core Oganic project Pro Org

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