Organic food consumption in the Czech Republic grew by 70 percent to Kc1.29bn last year, while a year earlier Czechs spent roughly Kc760m on this food, according to a regular survey of the Green marketing agency.The organic food market in the Czech Republic is growing constantly, with average per capita consumption at Kc126 in 2007.
Organic food products in 2007 for the first time contributed over 0.5 percent to the total consumption of food and beverages in the Czech Republic. The share of imported organic food products grew from 56 to 62 percent.
“Organic food market in the Czech Republic offers a unique business opportunity. Consumption will certainly be growing sharply in the coming few years,” Tom Vaclavik of Green marketing said, adding that it would be a shame to surrender most of the market to foreign goods.
The State Agricultural Intervention Fund in March launched a promotion campaign to support organic food consumption in the Czech Republic. Fair Biostyl 2008 and international conference Bio Summit 2008 will take place in Prague this week.
Experts say Czech organic food market has a great potential. According to estimates, domestic organic food market will grow up to Kc3.2bn in 2011.
At the end of last year, there were 253 organic food producers in the Czech Republic, 100 more than in 2006.
The number of organic farms is growing as well. There were 1,318 of them in the country last year, up 355 year-on-year.