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Cover of 2018 Organic Market Report

New Zealand Organic Market Report 2018

The New Zealand organic sector has grown 30 per cent since 2015 to now be worth $600 million per year, buoyed by consumer demand here and globally.

The 2018 OANZ Organic Market Report, released today, shows retail sales of organic products are growing twice as fast as conventional products, up 8.8% to $245 million.

Independent research in the report shows that eight out of 10 Kiwi consumers are buying organic fresh, frozen or packaged food and beauty products at least fortnightly. Just under half (48%) say they purchase organic products because they are concerned for the environment and sustainability.

Exports too are booming, up 42 per cent since 2015 to $355 million.

 “The 2018 report findings reporting market growth of 15 per cent a year tell us loud and clear that opportunity lies before us,” says OANZ CEO, Brendan Hoare. “The world wants what New Zealand has to offer, and we have the capability to grow our share of the global market where the organic food segment alone is worth EUR85b and is growing at 10.5 per cent a year."

The report presents the latest research on the New Zealand organic sector's size, growth, trends, perceptions, challenges and opportunities across the value chain, looks at how we are tracking globally and also investigates the multiple benefits of organic production from a True Cost Accounting point of view. 

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Follow this link to access:

  • 2018 Market Report
  • Summary Report
  • Snapshot of key findings
  • Media releases
  • OANZ Chairman's launch address


Cover of OANZ 2016 New Zealand Organic Market ReportNew Zealand Organic Market Report 2016


Growth, diversity and confidence are cornerstones of our work at Organics Aotearoa New Zealand (OANZ) and they are reflected our 2016 Market Report. OANZ is growing and so is consumer demand for organic products. We celebrate the diversity in our member organisations and in the wider organic community. And we are quietly confident about the increasingly important role organics will play in our future global community. As the peak body for the New Zealand organic sector, OANZ is rising to meet the opportunities, responsibilities and challenges this will present.

The OANZ 2016 Organic Market Report is our fourth since 2007 and it is 100% funded by the private sector. True to form, we’ve designed all content to be open sourced.

We hope all interested parties will digest, critique, share and use this information in making critical decisions around the sector’s development and growth. We invite your feedback and welcome your full participation. 

Electronic versions of the full and summary reports, power point presentations and short videos supporting our key messages can be found and downloaded by clicking on the link below.

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New Zealand Organic Market Report 2012

New Zealand Organic Market Report 2012


It is a great pleasure for Organics Aotearoa New Zealand to bring you our 2010 - 2012 Organic Market Report. This is our third report; the first was released in 2007. We now have six years of data, tracking the rise and rise of organic production, consumption and exports in and from New Zealand.

Producing this report has required a high level of co-ordination and willingness to share. We like that – it demonstrates our ability to collaborate with all players and our dedication to growing the organic sector.

Our reports are part of our commitment to measure and monitor our growth and progress. This report, however, is unlike our previous reports, and reflects the growth and change that has occurred in the organic sector in the past three years. For the first time we have introduced our wider community of interest and influence into the report, adding value to our coverage of what we offer to New Zealand.

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Over the Fencepost

Over the Fencepost

Alternatives to CCA (Copper Chromium Arsenate) treated wood

This resource was developed in response to needs indicated by OANZ members. Prior to 1 July 2010, timber treated with Copper Chromium Arsenate (CCA) was commonly used for fencing and trellising on certified organic production, including in horticultural, viticulture and pastoral settings.

Following an audit in 2008, United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) regulators signaled that the use of CCA treated timber was prohibited on United States Department of Agriculture National Organic Programme (USDA NOP) certified properties. A phase-out period was negotiated by the New Zealand Food Safety Authority (NZFSA), meaning that the use of new or recycled CCA treated timber for new or replacement construction had to be discontinued from 1 July 2010.

Current Organic Management Plans for USDA NOP certified properties, including livestock farms, must address how the property will be managed without the use of CCA treated posts and timber, including without both new and recycled posts and timber, for new installations and replacement purposes from 1 July 2010.

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