The Netherlands –Biofach Country of the Year – developing splendidly


The Dutch organic market has more or less doubled since 2008, and in 2013 it passed the billion euro mark. The organic organisation Bionext estimates the value of turnover to be 1.07 billion euros. Around 1,500 certified organic farms are operating in the Netherlands and 1,700 companies are active in the manufacturing and trading sector. In total, the industry employs approximately 100,000 people. The Netherlands are the Country of the Year at BioFach 2015 and will be represented by 101 firms in Nuremberg from 11 – 14 February 2015.

Picture: Quintessential Netherlands: the canals of Amsterdam
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