In 2018, nearly 297,000 field hectares – approximately 13% out of the total cultivated area – were cultivated organically. There was about 5,000 organic farms.
Finland produces a significant amount of organic crops, both for foodstuffs and fodder. The most important livestock products are milk, eggs and beef.
The world’s largest area, which is certified for organic wild collecting, nearly 12 million hectares of forests and peat bogs, is a Finnish specialty. Bilberry and lingonberry are the most important wild foods.
In 2018, the market share of organics in the retail was 2.4% and the value of the sale of organic in grocery stores reached 336 million euros.
The biggest organic sellers are fruit, milk and other dairy beverages, and vegetables. These three product categories represent about one third of all organic sales. Hot drinks, that is, coffee and tea, are the fourth biggest sellers, followed by eggs at number five.
Approximately 40% of professional kitchens in Finland use some organic ingredients weekly. The most commonly used organic products in professional kitchens are cereal products, vegetables and fruits and berries.
Export of organics
According to a survey conducted by Pro Luomu, Finland exported about 25 to 30 million euro worth of organic foodstuffs in 2018. The share of the organics of the whole food export of Finland is about 2%. The biggest product groups in organic exports are milling and bakery products, several oats based products, milk products and natural products.
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The Rural Development Programme for Mainland Finland has funded making of the statistics summary Organics in Finland.