New figures have revealed that dairy and fresh produce have helped organic food sales grow by four per cent in 2018.
Over the 12 months ending June 2018, there were seven consecutive years of growth for organic food in the UK, helping to boost income for some farmers.
The study, prepared by The Soil Association, also shows that produce sales grew by 5.3 per cent while organic dairy sales increased by 3.5 per cent.
Liz Bowles, Soil Association’s Head of Farming said: “Sales in 2018 are continuing to grow although all UK agricultural businesses are suffering from the unprecedented drought and heat which has affected large parts of the globe.”
The sustainable farming charity’s research indicated that ‘healthiness’ and ‘taste and inspiration’ were increasingly important to consumers, which was part of the reason for the ongoing growth in the organic sector.
Consumer research undertaken by the sustainable farming charity found several factors have bolstered organic growth.
The research found that ‘healthiness’ and ‘taste and inspiration’ are important to the growing number of young, health-conscious buyers.