[4 April/ Organics Aotearoa New Zealand Media Release]

The 2016 New Zealand Organic Market Report showed that organic grocery sales through supermarkets and specialty stores have increased by 127 percent since 2012 as a result of increased domestic demand. Organics Aotearoa New Zealand (OANZ) Chief Executive, Brendan Hoare said the increase followed a global trend and was set to continue. Mr Hoare said two out of three New Zealanders regularly bought organic products. Mr Hoare added that major retailers were facing supply issues and were having to look beyond New Zealand for organic products. Mr Hoare noted that this was a good opportunity for New Zealand to grow the economy, both domestically and in exports.