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The consumption of organic food has stagnated in Spain, according to a set of studies by the consulting firm Kantar presented during the 4 Universitat d’Estiu de Mercabarna, the wholesale market reported in a statement this Thursday.

For its part, the purchase of premium products has grown by 10% between 2014 and 2021 , especially those of proximity, although three out of four consumers do not consume them.

The surveys carried out reveal that 63.1% of Spaniards want to take care of themselves through the practice of sport or by improving their diet , while 15.2% want to do so “but cannot” and 21.7% do not want to take care.

The Universitat d’Estiu also brought to the table the main factors to guarantee a healthy diet throughout the world, such as the need to intervene in food supply chains to reduce the cost of nutritious foods .

On the other hand, the Mediterranean diet has been claimed as the healthiest and the need to have a balanced diet to avoid the risk of disease.

Despite the curb on organic food, Mercabana launched the first organic food wholesale market in Spain this Thursday and also the first in Europe in terms of concentration of fruit and vegetable companies. This market, which has involved an investment of 5 million euros, was born to respond to the demand in Catalonia for these products.

years of growth
The market for organic products had grown in recent years. According to the Ministry of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food (Map) , the spending of Spanish consumers on organic products reached 2,528 million euros in 2020, which represented a growth of 7% compared to the previous year.

For its part, according to the same sources, the percentage of spending on organic food with respect to total food spending in Spain in that year stood at 2.48%, indicating a growth of 10.3% compared to 2019.

In 2020, spending per person and year reached 53.41 euros, 6.10% more than that recorded the previous year. For its part, in the period 2015-2020 the growth in spending on organic products was 67.42%, an increase that is 154.07% if we take a longer reference period (2012-2020). The ecological area registered in 2020 reached 2.44 million hectares, 3.52% more than in 2019.

According to the MAPA, the most consumed organic vegetable products were fresh fruit, with 15.5% in the organic shopping basket; and fresh vegetables, with 13.9%. They are followed by bread, cookies and pastries, which together accounted for 6.6% of the organic basket; and oil and wine (4.4% and 2.2% respectively)

Regarding organic products of animal origin, the most consumed were meat and meat derivatives, with 15% of the organic basket, milk and dairy derivatives (7.5%); fish, shellfish and preserves (4.2%); eggs (2.2%) and honey and derivatives (1.2%).

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