Predictions for Sustainable Foods in 2017
uncertainty about sustainability in the year ahead, Organic Monitor is
giving its predictions for sustainable foods in 2017
Organic foods - global sales of organic foods are expected to
continue the positive trajectory, with most growth envisaged in North
America and Northern Europe. Organic food sales in the US and Canada are
predicted to surpass US $50 billion for the first time this year. The
market share of organic foods is also expected to approach 7-10 percent
in the US, Germany, Switzerland, Denmark and neighbouring countries.
With growth in organic farmland slowing, supply shortfalls are expected.
Eco-labelled foods Fairtrade will retain its position as the
second largest eco-label for food products, however fragmentation will
continue: more fair trade labels and standards are envisaged. As will be
shown in 2017 editions of the
Sustainable Foods Summit, other eco-labels are gaining traction in
specific product categories; for instance, Rainforest Alliance for
agricultural commodities, and Marine Stewardship Council for seafood.
Sustainable sourcing the market share of sustainable sourced
ingredients is expected to rise. Roughly 20 percent of all coffee is now
produced according to some sustainability scheme. The share of
sustainable sourced tea, cocoa, vanilla and sugar is expected to
increase as large companies - such as Barry Callebaut and Givaudan -
make ethical commitments.
Sustainability metrics metrics are likely to become prominent
in the sustainability programmes of food and ingredient companies.
Whilst carbon and water footprints are still the most popular metrics,
expect to see more metrics for energy, resource usage, waste, and social
parameters. More natural & organic food companies are envisaged to make
carbon neutral and zero waste pledges.
Food authenticity & traceability Greater investment is
envisaged in ingredient supply chains to provide transparency and to
reduce risks of food fraud and adulteration. Non-GMO labelling schemes
are expected to continue to gain popularity in North America, although
the GM labelling bill has been passed. Retail sales of Non-GMO Project
Verified food sales are predicted to exceed $20 billion in 2017.
Waste impacts as food waste rises on the sustainability agenda,
more food companies and retailers will make waste reduction pledges.
Food byproducts will get greater recognition as a raw material and
become a source of new products. ReGrained (USA) is an example of a
sustainable food enterprise innovating using such raw materials.
Green packaging the adoption rate of sustainable materials,
such as bioplastics, is expected to rise. More natural & organic food
companies are likely to adopt such materials as they look to reduce
their packaging impacts.
Sustainable Foods Summit will be covering these topics in greater
depth during the course of the year
North American edition: 18-20 January, San
European edition: 1-2 June, Amsterdam
Latin American edition:
18-20 September, Sγo Paulo
Asia-Pacific edition: 29-30 November, Singapore
More details is available from the
January 5th 2017
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