With food spending down overall, the organic sector has bucked the trend by recording four per cent growth last year.
That is according to the results of the Soil Association’s 2015 Organic Market report, which shows significant growth in a year when both food prices were down 1.9 per cent and food spending fell by 1.1 per cent.
The data reveals that shoppers spent an extra £1.4m a week on organic products and the organic market exceeded £1.86bn, bringing sales back to levels in 2009. Growth in sales across Soil Association Certification symbol holders increased by 7.7 per cent.
Dairy products and fresh fruit and vegetables were the most popular organic purchases, while, encouragingly, independent retailers recorded 5.7 per cent growth.