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International Markets Hunger For Organic Products

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Fuseworks Media
International Markets Hunger For Organic Products

21 July -- New Zealand representatives are attending Oceania's largest organic products expo this weekend, as growing international markets for organic products defy the global recession.

Organics Aotearoa New Zealand (OANZ) will meet with Australian counterparts and other organic groups while visiting the Australian Organic Expo in Melbourne from 24-26 July.

"While people are searching for value during the economic downturn, they also seek safe, ethical, high quality organic products" said Dr Jon Tanner, OANZ Chief Executive Officer.

"The economic value of New Zealand's organic sector is around half a billion dollars, with 163,000 hectares of agricultural land under organic management - an increase of 155% between 2007 and 2009.

"New Zealand's key international markets also continue to grow, with organic sales in the USA increasing by 17% last year.

"In 2008, 9.8% of all fresh fruit and vegetables sold in the US were organic, as were 5% of all dairy products.

"Animal welfare, environmental and health concerns remain leading reasons that people choose organic products.

"The Institute of Grocery Distribution recognizes that 'ethical standards are non-negotiable' for consumers, who remain willing to pay a premium for products which can demonstrate they meet these expectations.

"Certified organic products continue to be a good option for sustaining people, the planet and profits", Dr Tanner said.

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