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Double Digit Growth For GMO-Free Food in Italy

By Branislav Pekic
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Double Digit Growth For GMO-Free Food in Italy

Sales of GMO-free products in Italy have seen double digit growth in 2015, making it the most dynamic segment of the otherwise stagnant food retail sector.

Sales of gluten-free products were also up 50 per cent, while Italians bought 20 per cent more organic food last year.

According to Italian farmers’ association Coldiretti, these figures are due consumers giving increased the attention to wellness, fitness and health, as well as the growing prevalence of food intolerances.

It also found that 70 per cent of Italians are willing to pay more for "fully natural" food, while 65 per cent would pay more for guaranteed GMO-free food, and 62 per cent would pay a premium for organic products.

Purchases of organic products have seen a record increase of 20 per cent, with more than one out of three Italian consumers claiming to buy organic or natural foods.


Italy has the largest number of organic farmers in Europe according to an analysis by Coldiretti based on Sinab data, with 49,070 organic enterprises currently in operation.

© 2016 European Supermarket Magazine – your source for the latest retail news. Article by Branislav Pekic. To subscribe to ESM: The European Supermarket Magazine, click here.

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