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Organic Denmark expects exports ‘rebound’ after pandemic slump

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Organic Denmark is predicting a significant bounce-back for Danish organic exports, following an 8% slump in sales during 2020 as international markets were hit by the pandemic. 

In particular, 2020 was marked by declining sales to Asia and the impact of the COVID-19 crisis on exports, in part due to transport problems, economic recession in parts of Asia and general challenges for the international trade. On the other hand, exports to Germany increased.

“For exports of organic foods to follow the market trend a decrease was to be expected. But we’ve noted a small increase in exports to the German market despite the crisis,” said Pernille Bundgård, international market director in Organic Denmark.

“We’re currently seeing growing exports to our neighbouring countries in particular, so I think we can expect things to look up in the coming years.”

“Sales of organic foods in Denmark have never been higher. Increasing imports are a sign of the success of the organic industry and a sign that consumers are demanding organic products in categories not produced in Denmark”

Looking ahead, Bundgård said: “Danish companies have a solid starting point, and in 2021 we welcomed more foreign customers. We still produce safe, high-quality foods. That’s what will get the market going again once all the uncertainty caused by COVID-19 goes away.” 

Pernille Bundgård

According to the figures from Statistics Denmark, there was a small 1% increase in imports of organic foods from DKK 4.8 billion to DKK 4.9 billion – which represents a slowdown of the growth rate seen in recent years. Imports of organic products from Asia, in particular, took a big hit and decreased by more than 50% from DKK 426 million in 2019 to DKK 210 million, while imports from Europe were up 7 per cent from 2019 to 2020.

“Sales of organic foods in Denmark have never been higher. Increasing imports are a sign of the success of the organic industry and a sign that consumers are demanding organic products in categories not produced in Denmark,” said Bundgård.

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