Denmark has the highest market share of organic products in the world. And the market is growing, with dairy products, eggs, oatmeal, wheat flour, carrots, and bananas as the most popular items on the shopping list of Danish organic consumers.
An increasing number of organic products are sold in Denmark. Proportionally, the organic market in Denmark is the biggest in the world, with organic food making up 9.6 percent of the total retail food market in 2016.
The Danes prefer organic dairy products, eggs, oatmeal, wheat flour, carrots and bananas. One in three litres of milk bought by Danish consumers is organic and every other litre of milk consumed by pupils in Danish schools carries the red organic label. The production of organic eggs accounts for 25 percent of total egg production. Also consumers’ appetite for organic fruit and vegetables has grown; in 2016 organic vegetables have a share of 18 percent and organic fruit of 17 percent of the total consumption. The market share of organic pork and chicken, however, remains relatively low but is growing.
Import and export
Consumer demand for a broad range of organic products has resulted in Danish imports of organic products exceeding exports. Organic exports consist of dairy products, pig meat, grain and animal feed. Germany is by far the largest export market, followed by Sweden, China and France. Danish imports consist of organic fruit and vegetables, grain and animal feed from other EU countries, in particular Germany, the Netherlands, and Italy.
In 2017, approx. 9 percent of the Danish land area is used for organic farming and there is a continued growth in number of organic hectares.