Organic food used to be a rare view in stores in Romania, but this is no longer the case. The bulk of organic products, however, is still exported. Including imports, organic food accounts for 1% of the market, according to Ziarul Financiar.One example for a successful organic business is Dumitru Argeseanu, the owner of a farm with 4,000 hens, which lay one million organic eggs each year. The farm has a 1,000 square-metre unit, as well as the 16,000 square-metre grazing area. Since demand for organics is higher than supply, the farmer intends to expand.
The land he acquired would allow him to rear up to 15,000 hens two years from now, the farmer said, and he continued that even then the farm’s production would not be able to meet market demand. He estimated that in order to satisfy the Romanian market, he should have around 30,000 hens. The organic eggs produced at the farm in Dragasani can only be found on the domestic market in Carrefour, Selgros, Artima and Gima, since production is still too low to export. But Mr. Argeseanu is sure that he will triple his business in two years’ time, from the current annual sales level of 120,000 Euros.
Even though organic products on the Romanian market showed an increase of 15-20% year-on-year, they account for a very small volume in comparison to Germany, Hungary, and Poland. The Romanian market does well in terms of production, but badly in terms of consumption, because the industry mainly produces for other European markets.