Organic food and drink sales rise to £2.45bn

Sales of organic food and drink in the UK rose by 4.5% last year to a record £2.45bn, fuelled by strong growth online and in home delivery, and outpacing a sluggish food and drink market overall.

The sector grew for the eighth consecutive year, having fallen after the recession, and is on target to hit £2.5bn by the end of 2020, according to a report from the Soil Association, the trade body which licenses organic products and promotes organic farming.

Last year’s total, up from £2.3bn in 2018, compares with the pre-recession high of £2.1bn in 2008.

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