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COTA Organic Marketplace Research


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Canada Organic Marketplace Research Program

The Canada Organic Trade Association is pleased to announce that the “Canada’s Organic Market 2013 – Growth, Trends and Opportunities” report is now finished and available for purchase. The result of months of research and analysis, this is the first data on the organic market since the Canadian government regulated the sector in 2009 and combines consumer research with the most recent market sales data. The findings offer valuable insights into market size, growth trends and Canadian consumer receptivity.

Top Findings
Canada’s organic market grew to $3.5 billion in 2012, with national sales of certified organic food and non-alcoholic beverages reaching $3 billion. The value of the Canadian organic food market has tripled since 2006, far outpacing the growth rate of other agri-food sectors. The sector is being driven by a diverse consumer base, with over half of all Canadians and two-thirds of British Columbians buying organic products every week.

Full reports:

-Full Executive Summary here.

-Top national findings on the Canadian organic consumer, market size and growth: Canada's Organic Market: National Highlights, 2013 (pdf)

-In-depth research on the BC organic consumer and organic marketplace including retail, foodservice and direct marketing: The BC Organic Market: Growth, Trends and Opportunities, 2013 (pdf)

-The detailed national report is now available for purchase, please click here to find out more, or visit the COTA bookstore.

Funding support
Funding for this research has been provided through Loblaw Companies, Taste of Nature, UNFI Canada, Whole Foods Market and the Organic Sector Development Program (OSDP). Funding for the OSDP comes from Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada’s Canadian Agricultural Adaptation Program (CAAP), which is delivered by the Investment Agriculture Foundation in British Columbia.

2014 Annual Fund

Research and Promotion 2012