News release for immediate distribution, 4 April 2016. Features data from the OANZ 2016 New Zealand Organic Market Report, to be released 7 April 2016.
Consumer demand is driving a surge in New Zealand’s domestic organic market, with certified organic grocery sales through supermarkets increasing by 127% since 2012, according to the 2016 New Zealand Organic Market Report.
This follows a global trend and is set to continue says Brendan Hoare, Chief Executive of Organics Aotearoa New Zealand (OANZ), the peak sector body that commissioned the report.
“Two out of three Kiwis are now regularly buying organics. They have become part of our everyday shopping, just as they are around the world,” says Hoare.
“Gen Y in particular are really pushing this and our findings show that they’re willing to pay more for healthy, socially-responsible products,” he says.
Major retailers have responded to the increase in demand by either expanding their organic product range or creating their own organic brands.
However, the boom has created supply issues in some areas and Hoare says supermarkets and specialty organic retailers are increasingly looking beyond New Zealand for organic products.
“We’ve had reports of distributors importing fresh and frozen produce,” he says.
“We know there are gaps in the supply chain and OANZ is working with peak sector bodies to address the shortages,” says Hoare. “With 11% total growth per annum since 2012, the organic sector offers enormous opportunity for New Zealand to grow our economy, both domestically and in exports.”
The OANZ 2016 New Zealand Organic Market Report will be formally launched at Parliament on Thursday 7 April. It includes new consumer research conducted as part of the sector’s biennial review.
To interview OANZ Chief Executive Brendan Hoare (note Maori pronunciation of last name: haw-AH-ray) about the Market Report and its launch: phone 09 832 8986 / 0279 432 511 or email firstname.lastname@example.org .
For more information about the report’s contents, contact OANZ Communications Manager Niki Morrell: phone 03 5484 684 or email email@example.com .